James Kightly, journalist and author of the Vintage Aeroplane Writer, shows off the glamorous postwar conversion of Consolidated PBY-5A 34045 (civil registry N69043) to a Landseaire flying yacht. His informative and droll image captions are not to be missed.
You’ll forgive me for marvelling at the aesthetics of film photography, flying boats and pleasant company, of course.
For a fuller description of the amenities aboard these hedonistic craft, see Maurice F. Allward’s article “Airborne Yachts—Luxury Conversions of Wartime Catalinas” in the July 1953 issue of Flight International. Also see the full LIFE magazine archive of images of this craft, if you desire more.