The PBY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, established September 22, 1998, is dedicated to the preservation of Naval aviation history, the PBY Catalina, and the Seaplane Base at Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington.
Our initial mission was to preserve the PBY and all seaplanes once based at the seaplane facility on Whidbey Island. We now include all aircraft that have been based and flown from NAS Whidbey Island from 1942 to the present day.
Beginning with the past and moving through to the present day, young and old alike will enjoy a memorable journey through history at the PBY Memorial Foundation Naval Heritage Center located at NAS Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor Washington. From display rooms dedicated to all wars and conflicts from WWII to today, to impressive artifacts, a flight simulator and more, the PBY Memorial Foundation Heritage Center promises to educate and entertain!
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North end of Oak Harbor on route 20 just past 16th street an 8 acre parcel that used to be a used car dealership.
This is our PBY-5A Catalina 6 Feb 1980 at Palm Springs Airport showing blisters removed and new skin and hatches along with a new taller rudder. Owned by Dr. Forest Bird.
Our PBY-5A Catalina Oct 1965 with Navy NAS Atlanta in a red stripe just before tail and a well weathered paint and demilitarized, not guns, no radar dome and no external antennas. Photo taken at Orange County Airport (John Wayne Airport) owned by Thomas Kendall.
Our PBY-5A Catalina while assigned to the USCG. This photo was taken April 25, 1945 at USCG Station San Francisco,CA. Photo provided by Jason Taylor’s grandfather William (Bill) E. Taylor Jr is in the back 2nd from the right the photo. Our PBY-5A was stationed at USCG Station Port Angeles, WA and deployed to the Aleutians Alaska.
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The PBY Memorial Foundation Naval Heritage Center is now open Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm come and visit us and try the Self Guided Tour or Our Guided Tour.
Bud Zysltra and George Love took the Memorial to Bud’s house where Bud restored it to its former glory.