Volunteers at the Lake Superior 101 Squadron are undertaking one of the most ambitious restoration projects in the history of the CAF, bringing a PBY Catalina back to flying condition. The PBY Catalina played a crucial role in World War II in long-range reconnaissance, U-boat suppression and air-sea rescue missions. The CAF Lake Superior 101 Squadron had two PBY hulks not fit for flying: one was wrecked in a storm in 1998, and the other was grounded because of extensive fuselage corrosion. The squadron decided to do something radical, and probably never before attempted outside of the military: It’s grafting the best parts of each aircraft together to create one airworthy airplane. When completed, the plan is to paint it with the identity of the PBY that found the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway.