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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 12:06
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PBY Loch Ness Appeal

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INVERNESS | The operators UK’s only flying PBY-5 Catalina are asking for 20,000 to rescue their aircraft from Loch Ness, after it became stranded due to engine problems.
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 12:32
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More info on the PBY incident here:-

Catalina stranded Loch Ness 18 Oct 2020

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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 16:02
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Safely lifted ashore today....



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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 17:28
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Shouldn't the numerous people who own shares in this aircraft be stumping up for the cost of repair?
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 20:28
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Is that how it works? Once you own shares, you're obligated to pay for whatever unplanned mishap occurs? The fact that the aircraft got stuck on a loch without a slipway or handy beach is not really something that they were planning for.

Fortunately, a lot of people have been generous and they are close to reaching their goal. Any extra funds will go towards overhauling the engine that didn't want to go anymore. See here: https://gf.me/u/y5mf94
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 21:33
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Any extra funds will go towards overhauling the engine that didn't want to go anymore.
And fingers crossed that the problem (something that was preventing the starter turning the crankshaft over) will turn out to be something that doesn't require a full overhaul.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 11:47
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Presume this might of been the last resort, using an airframe mounted crane. Floating on water might have been interesting but presume it will have been done somewhere. And finding one of the cranes serviceable might also have been an issue.

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Old 24th Oct 2020, 18:22
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I'm sure that many engines were changed that way during the Cat's career, and many spanners will have fallen into the water while doing this. You'd also need a vessel to transport the spare engine, move the engines on and off that vessel, and everything would be moving on the water while the whole process is going on. Much easier to do it on land.
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And fingers crossed that the problem (something that was preventing the starter turning the crankshaft over) will turn out to be something that doesn't require a full overhaul.
The current suspect is the accessory drive shaft. I don't know enough about R-1830s to know whether that's a big or a small job. I suspect it's a big one though.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 20:12
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga View Post
The current suspect is the accessory drive shaft. I don't know enough about R-1830s to know whether that's a big or a small job. I suspect it's a big one though.
I don't know enough either, but this, courtesy of the US Navy, makes it sound like there's not a huge amount of disassembly involved in replacing the accessory drive:



I hope I'm right.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 21:18
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This is worth a peek:

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Stunning................
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Old 26th Oct 2020, 15:28
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A great photo, although I would have preferred it without the feathered prop...

There are still some funds needed, especially as the first part of the operation's costs came out over budget. See the updates here: https://gf.me/u/y5mf94
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