PBY-5a Catalina

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General info

PBY-5a Catalina in the Garage.

The PBY-5a Catalina is a Rank I American bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Although technically a medium bomber, the PBY-5's strategies are much like that of heavy bombers in higher tiers such as the B-17. It is best to fly high, as flying low will make you an easy target for fighters and AA. The best tactic for fending off enemy fighters is to use the rudders to direct one of the side gunners towards the attacking plane. It is also smart to use the guns manually in this situation, as the AI is often very inaccurate and will refuse to fire beyond a certain distance. In the worst case scenarios, a dive can be used to greatly increase the plane's speed to get to attack a ground target before a pursuing enemy fighter shoots it down.

Although the PBY-5a Catalina is slow and clunky, it offers a heavy payload that is sure to be a game changer if used properly. It also has a very good defensive armament for its tier, which can occasionally be a savior against an enemy fighter.

The plane is quite unmanuaverable, and its wings are very weak, being able to snap just by turning just a little too tight at higher speeds in a realistic battle. Unlike its predecessor, this version has landing gear, Allowing it to land on airfields as well as in water, allowing it to repair and respawn at airfields in Realistic Mode without belly landing, and enabling it to capture bases in Airfield Domination mode in Arcade Battles.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good defensive weaponry.
  • Can land on airfields compared to other flying boats.
  • Good bomb payload.
  • Can land on water.

Cons:

  • Very slow, not a plane for the impatient.
  • Humble engine power and bad rate of climb.
  • Poor energy retention.
  • Susceptible to ripping wings.
  • Poor downward facing armament.

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, 2 x beam turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)

Payloads

  • 16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 4 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 2 x 2,216 lb Mk.13 torpedoes
  • 2 x 2,216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedoes

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R1830-92 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 852 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1293 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 658 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R1830-92 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 839 hp (Stock), 1050 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1281 hp (Stock), 1491 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 658 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R1830-92 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 839 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1281 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 658 kg

Stat card

Stock
  • Max speed: 259 km/h
    • at height: 2,135 m
  • Max altitude: 4,420 m
  • Turn Time: 31.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 364 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 2,135 m
  • Max altitude: 4,420 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 364 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 249 km/h
    • at height: 2,135 m
  • Max altitude: 4,420 m
  • Turn Time: 32.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 364 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 288 km/h
    • at height: 2,135 m
  • Max altitude: 4,420 m
  • Turn Time: 28 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 364 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 249 km/h
    • at height: 2,135 m
  • Max altitude: 4,420 m
  • Turn Time: 32.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 364 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 2,135 m
  • Max altitude: 4,420 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 364 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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0.62
1.24
1.86
2.48
3.1
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

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Icon-country-usa.png PBY-5a Catalina
Nation USA
Type Hydroplane
Flying Boat
Medium strategic bomber
Torpedo Bomber
Fighting style Bombing

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~8522 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~12438 kg
Takeoff Weight ~15582 kg
Wing Area ~130 m²
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1050 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~314.00 kph at 2135 m
Climb Rate ~5.10 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~164.16 kph
Turn Time ~36.38 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~66.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~18788 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~27421 lb
Takeoff Weight ~34352 lb
Wing Area ~1400 ft²
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1050 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~195.11 mph at 7005 m
Climb Rate 16.73 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~102.00 mph
Turn Time 36.38 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~13.52 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x Browning 1000 RPG
2 x M2 Browning 400 RPG
1 x M2 Browning 500 RPG
Payload Option 1
16 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Payload Option 2
4 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 3
4 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
Payload Option 4
2 x 22.5 2216 lbs Mk.13 /without wooden breakaway protection torpedo
Payload Option 5
2 x 22.5 2216 lbs Mk.13 /late torpedo
Limits
Max Speed limit 405 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Max static +G's ~1
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <220 kph
Rudder <220 kph
Elevators <230 kph
Radiator >200 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 252 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Max static +G's ~1
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <137 mph
Rudder <137 mph
Elevators <143 mph
Radiator >124 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
1886 m
6188 ft
100% Enginepower 2100 hp
WEP Enginepower 2982 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)