Local businessman Jim Slattery loves naval aviation, and it seems he will spare no expense to preserve it wherever possible.
Two years ago, Slattery, 62, of Poway, Calif., purchased a broken-down, World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina that was being worked on at an airport in South Africa. Tuesday afternoon, the plane arrived at its final destination, Gillespie Field in El Cajon, after a 16-leg, 12,000-mile journey that lasted three weeks.
The aircraft is the 46th in Slattery’s collection and will eventually be on display in a “Greatest Generation Naval Museum” that he intends to open in the coming months. “It’s a labor of love,” Slattery said. “It’s about saving the airplane. It’s all about trying to preserve history.”
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