VH-ASA (2)     Boeing PB2B-2 Catalina          (c/n  61154)


                               On March 14, 1951 noted Australian aviator P.G.Taylor and crew flew Catalina VH-ASA named
                               'Frigate Bird II' on a proving flight from Australia to Chile.   Take off was effected from the Rose Bay
                               Flying Boat Base on Sydney Harbor with stops in  Noumea, Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tahiti,  Mang-
                               areva and Easter Island.   The aircraft returned on 20 April 1951 alighting at Brisbane. 
The aircraft
                               was a stock RAAF machine (A24-385) taken from the inventory at Rathmines
base where these
                               historic photographs by Bob Stewart (via Daryl Meek) were taken.  Upon its 
return it went back into
                               storage at Rathmines and was eventually withdrawn from use in
      It is still in one piece and is
                               suspended from the ceiling of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney’s Ultimo.  P.G. Taylor donated the
                               aircraft to the Museum of Applied Arts and Science in 1961, by which time it was stored in the back
                               of the Ansett hangar at the Rose Bay flying boat base (see photo by Dave Carter at foot of the page)
                               taken in 1969).  It had been forced to move from Rathmines in 1956 when that base closed, and was
                               dismantled for the trip to Sydney.