A PBY Catalina's Journey of re-discovery


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 24 countries and over sixty 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 its sovereignty and stewardship of The Arctic, make a World Tourism Campaign for The Baltic States- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, commemorate The pilots of WWII on the Anniversary of the commencement of hostilities in 1939, 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 Bismarckand honourthe history of Lend Lease and The Atlantic Convoys. This epic flight can 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.

Official Endorsements

We are proud to announce that our initiative has been endorsed by The Royal Canadian Legion and The Royal Canadian Air Force Association. It is an honour to have the support of these exemplary organizations as we work towards our goal. From everyone involved in The Perfect Adventure, we thank you.







Media Release August 23rd 2018


The Catalina Preservation Society December Newsletter, Special Edition




The production Team

The talent behind a truly extraordinary endeavour

Michael Hockney

Producer and Photographer

Internationally accredited photographer. 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 60 towns, cities and communities in 23 countries

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

  • Kelowna, Edmonton, Fairview, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, RCAF Station Bagotville RCAF Greenwood, Halifax, Baddeck, Margaree- flypast, St. Johns, Gander, Goose Bay

  • Keflavik, Torshavn, Lerwick, Stromness/Kirkwall, Site of Piper Alpha- wreath drop, 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 , Beenoskee Mountain), The site of the sinking of The Battleship Bismarck, London (Tower Bridge), Southampton (Calshot)

  • Bordeaux (Biscarosse), Marseille, Luqa, Naples, Sophia, 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, Cambridge Bay, HMS Terror- wreath drop, HMS Erebus- wreath drop, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik, Baker Lake, 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, Malta, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Poland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

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

Some Shady Lady facts


The number of lavatorial facilities aboard the aircraft


Total number of hours for Shady Lady's world flight


total number of litres of AvGas needed to complete the flight


Number of litres of piston oil required to complete the journey

Contact Us

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

Contact Info

Canada +1 778.678.7887

United Kingdom +44 795.626.1526

Email: enquiries@theperfectadventure.ca

Production assistant to Michael Hockney hugh@theperfectadventure.ca