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    Boeing built RAF Catalina V1 JX630 went to Australia in 1945. It then made aviation history as Frigate Bird making a flight between Australia and South America before being purchased by Airmotive Supply in 1953. It now hangs in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Another RAF Catalina V1, JX632, ex-RAF Helensburgh, also flew to Australia and was purchased by Airmotive Supply. Does anyone know what became of this Cat? I previously searched for JX632 on the forum and followed various leads but no luck.


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    Interested in the fate of the elusive JX632 because it was previously at RAF Helensburgh, the first Mk6 to be tested prior to use by the RAF. However, despite a modified tail the elevated forces were heavier than previous models. Because of this and the end of the war in Europe, the batch of Mk6s were sent to Australia or returned. One hit a buoy at Wig Bay. My research involves Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment in Scotland inconjunction with the Helensburgh Heritage Group.
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