The "Return of the Catalina" was a pleasant surprise of a program that pays tribute to both the classic amphibious WWII period aircraft and her crew from Australia. The Catalina, also known as the "Dumbo", was an enormous asset to the allies in WWII in multiple theaters, especially the Pacific and South Pacific, where the plane served for a military reconnaissance, transport and delivery plane and especially as a search and rescue aircraft for downed pilots. The guys that restored her to full flight condition and embarked on an historic journey to re-trace their perilous WWII route during the War in the Pacific did so as a tribute to the brave pilots and crew who contributed to the war effort in an inestimable way.
From the purchase of a vintage Catalina, to its mechanical restoration for flight, to the tribute flight and cosmetic restoration and final installation in perpetuity in a flight museum in Australia, the documentary covers the complicated mission in detail and does so in an entertaining and educational way. For anyone interested in flight, World War II and history, this is a must-see program. Highly recommended.