|This page is about the aircraft PBY-5a Catalina. For other uses, see PBY-5 (Disambiguation)|
The PBY-5a Catalina is a Rank I American bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB).
| Max Speed
(km/h at 2,135 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 220||< 220||< 230||> 200|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,886 m||2,100 hp||2,982 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 9.5 mm steel pilot seats
- 6.35 mm steel behind tail gunner
- 6.35 mm and 4.7 mm steel plates inside the structural pylon
Critical component protection
- 2 self-sealing fuel tanks in the wings
The PBY-5a Catalina is able to be equipped with:
- 16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
- 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
- 4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
- 2 x 2,216 lb Mk.13 torpedoes
- 2 x 2,216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedoes
The PBY-5a Catalina is defended with:
- 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)
Usage in the battles
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.
Manual Engine Control
Has automatic pitch
|Not controllable||Controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Turret 7.62 mm belts||MBC-5|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7.62 mm MGs (turret)||LTC-5|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Turret 12.7 mm belts||Improved torpedo|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 12.7 mm MGs (turret)||LBC-5|
The bomb load upgrades allow an increase in total bomb load, from 1600 lb through 2000 lb to 4000 lb so they are a priority, especially that the bigger bombs also allow destroying ships or tanks.
Pros and cons
- Good bomb load
- Good defensive weaponry.
- Can land on airfields compared to other flying boats.
- Can land on water.
- Has wheel so can land on land
- 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.
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|Dive||SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1c · SB2C-4|
|Torpedo||TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1|
|Medium||B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT|
|Heavy||B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN|