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Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

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.”

For the complete story by Nathan Max of UTSanDiego.com, click here.

Updated: January 17, 2013 — 11:02 AM

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