Aviation Photo #0196894 Consolidated (Bird) 28-5ACF Bird Innovator - Untitled

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Ever seen a four engined Catalina? No? This amazing Bird Innovator is the only one so converted, and subsequently known as a Bird Innovator
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    October 1991
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3 years ago
This photo appears to be taken in santa monica, cal, when my dad and myself flew the innovator on a pleasure trip with all of our friends and family.this girl was truly a majestic lady in the air, on the water and just sitting on the ramp. we bought the airplane and spent about 11 months getting her up to speed. the interior wold have rivalede any corporate jet, then or now, the views out of the one pice blister were beyond belief, and the handling of the airplane was just marvelous. dr. bird, who did the conversion, was and is a true genius. dad and i flew this lady all over and enjoyed every minute. sadly, i hear, she is rotting away somewhere in oregon, with the outboard lycomings removed and who knows what else. it breaks my heart to hear these reports, but at least i spent many hours with dad flying this very unique, one of a kind queen of the skies to many different areas. to be sure, there will never be another airplane quite like her. she was fast (for a pby), easy on the controls,docile on lnd and water alike (the reversing props made waterwork a true joy as well as getting her stopped quickly on landing. i am thankful that we had the good sense to take hundreds of photos and videos of this wonderful flying machine. this particular photo floods me with memories and i thank you for having it in your collection. Dick Durand

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