Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pictures of an Extreme Luxury “Landseaire” Flying Yacht Converted from an Old PBY Catalina Flying Boat in 1950

These black and white photographs below were taken in 1950 by fame LIFE photographer Loomis Dean, who was invited aboard this luxury post-war conversion of a consolidated PBY Catalina, one of the most versatile airplanes used in the Second World War.

According to Messy Nessy Chic, after the war, an entrepreneur by the name of Glenn Odekirk saw a new future for the roomy Catalinas as extreme luxury flying yachts. They were to be the epitome of glamorous travel that he called “Landseaire”.

“It seemed like no one was getting real utility out of a private airplane”, Odekirk said. “Normally, it’s just a means of transportation in which you ride from here to there with varying degrees of comfort. So, I decided to build an aerial luxury yacht in which you can land and live almost anywhere in the world with all the comforts of home.”



























(Photos: Loomis Dean/ LIFE archive, via Messy Nessy Chic)

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