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Consolidated PB2Y Coronado by Capt. Richard Hoffman USN (Ret.) is a softcover non-fiction book 193 pages in length. This book covers the history of the PB2Y Coronado WWII flying boat including all variants and operational history before and during WWII. The PB2Y Coronado story is mostly told by the more than 350 detailed black-and-white photos that are in this book. There are many sharply focused photos of every portion of the aircraft including the interior crew positions. In addition, there are complete Consolidated production lists of every aircraft that was built as well as US Navy assignment, accident and casualty lists.
The PB2Y Coronado was a large flying boat patrol bomber designed by Consolidated Aircraft. After deliveries of the PBY Catalina, also a Consolidated aircraft, began in 1935, the United States Navy began planning for the next generation of patrol bombers. Orders for two prototypes, the XPB2Y-1 and the Sikorsky XPBS-1, were placed in 1936; the prototype Coronado first flew in December 1937. After trials with the XPB2Y-1 prototype revealed some stability issues, the design was finalized as the PB2Y-2, with a large cantilever wing, twin tail, and four Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engines. The two inner engines were fitted with four-bladed reversible pitch propellers; the outer engines had standard three-bladed feathering props. Like the PBY Catalina before it, the PB2Y's wingtip floats retracted to reduce drag and increase range.
The PB2Y was physically larger than its predecessor, the PBY Catalina, and with four engines instead of two. However, the PB2Y's range was 1070 miles compared to the PBY Catalina's range of 2520 miles. Therefore, the PB2Y did not have the range for patrol scouting and was used mostly as transport and hospital aircraft during WWII in the Pacific Theater. In addition, ten PBY2s were supplied to the RAF under Lend-Lease and these aircraft were used as transatlantic transports.
At the end of WWII, the PB2Y Coronado was obsolete as a patrol bomber and a transport. Virtually all remaining PB2Ys were melted down into aluminum ingots and sold as metal scrap. One PB2Y Coronado was saved and is currently at the National Naval Aviation Museum at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.