These are photographs of a Consolidated PBY Catalina amphibious flying boat taken in May 2007 at the Wings Over Miami Air Museum’s annual air show. The aircraft is painted in the scheme of the famed Black Cats squadron of World War II.
Flying from the island of Guadalcanal, a squadron of black-painted PBYs that operated mainly at night wrote another proud chapter in the history of US Naval aviation. They were known as the “Black Cats.” Their victories led the way to the formation of other Black Cat squadrons who were also very successful. They were called “Black Cats” because they were US Navy Catalina patrol seaplanes. They were painted flat black for night bombing operations against Japanese shipping in the Southwest Pacific. In the daytime, they flew air-sea rescue missions, picking up ditched air crews and pilots.