A odd question raised by a recent photos seen of several Catalinas being transported on an aircraft carrier and also by discussion on the Cherry v Catalina topic.
The PBY Catalina has a 104ft unflapped wing and is only 63ft 10 7/8inch long giving it a length to wing span ratio of 1:1.627. This makes the Catalina a very short and wide type and a bit of an oddity given its primary low altitude usage.
The question is can anyone suggest another design that has a higher length to wing span ratio?
I have looked at some obvious ones and it took me a while to find an even less square type.
One very highly produced type comes very close (and early models even have a higher ratio), a relative failure also just beats the Catalina.
Please don't consider types that never made production, specialist high altitude types with extended wings, for example the Westland Welkin comes in at 1:1.68 and flying wings such as the YB-35 are out as well (1:1.322, almost twice the Catalina figure)
Edited by Rick65, 12 February 2018 - 01:31 PM.