A PBY Catalina's Journey of re-discovery


In May 2018 a World War Two veteran Canadian flying boat, a PBY Catalina (in Canada termed a Canso), “Shady Lady” is going to take to the air and fly to 11 countries and over fifty towns, cities and communities in a once-in-a lifetime celebration and a unique journey of re-discovery.

The purpose of the flight will be to Provide a platform for The Government of Canada to promote it’s sovereignty and stewardship of  The Arctic, make a World Tourism Campaign for The Government of British Colombia, Commemorate the pilots of WWII on the100th anniversary of The Royal Air Force, Visit WWII Catalina bases, Produce a film documentary of the flight and its mission, Lay wreaths at the wreck sites of HMS Hood and the Battleship Bismarck and honour the history of Lend Lease and The Atlantic Convoys. This epic flight will never happen again and marks the end of an era.

In the commission of this extraordinary endeavour diplomatic missions, documentary film producers, news crews, veterans, First Nations, cultural, scientific and educational institutions worldwide will be positively engaged to the benefit of all Canadians and mankind in a spirit of cooperation and understanding.


The production Team

The talent behind a truly extraordinary endeavour

Michael Hockney

Producer and Photographer

Internationally accredited photographer and project manager. British Columbia, Canada.

Rick Fawcett

Media and Design Specialist

Canary Wharf, London. UK.

Bob Dyck

Shady Lady owner and Flying Boat Pilot

The man who lives flying boats

A journey of re-discovery involving over 50 towns, cities and communities in 15 countries

  • Victoria, Sidney (Pat Bay), Vancouver, Nanaimo, Tofino, Coal Harbour, Port Hardy, Powell River, Campbell River, Masset

  • Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, St. Johns

  • Keflavik, Torshavn, Lerwick, Stromness/Kirkwall, Glasgow (Largs), Edinburgh (Woodhaven), Oban (Ganavan Bay), Stranraer (Wig Bay)Vatersay (Wreath flypast), Lough Erne, Northern Ireland (WWII- RAF Castle Archdale), Donegal, Kerry (Wreath flypast -Castlegregory , Benoskee Mountain), The site of the sinking of The Battleship Bismarck, London (Tower Bridge), Southampton (Calshot)

  • Zeebruge, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn (Lennusadam), Helsinki, St Petersburg, Taganrog, Moscow (Monino), Murmansk

  • Laying wreaths over the wrecks of HMS Hood and The Battleship Bismarck

  • Tromso, Bergen, Stavanger, Reykjavik, The site of the sinking of HMS Hood, Nuuk, Iqaluit, Salluit, Cape Dorset, Clyde River, Rankin Inlet, Yellowknife, Whitehorse

  • Catalina Island, California, USA San Diego, California, USA San Francisco, California, USA Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Canada, United States, Greenland, Denmark,Iceland, Faroe Islands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Estonia, Finland Russia

Shady Lady, our Catalina,was built in 1943 and saw active service in WWII

Some PBY Catalina facts


Number built: 2,661 US-built, 620 Canadian-built, 24 Soviet-built)


Top speed in kilometres per hour


unit cost in $us (1935)


wingspan in metres

Contact Us

The Production team can be contacted in Vancouver Island, Canada or in Canary Wharf, London, UK.

Contact Info

PO Box 52035, Beacon Ave RPO, Sidney BC, Canada V8L 5V9

Canada +1 778.678.7887

United Kingdom +44 795.626.1526

Email: enquiries@theperfectadventure.ca