My favorite aircraft!


Republic RC-3 Seabee (Foto: Steinar Sævdal)

No 1: Republic RC-3 Seabee!
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

This is a list of some of my favorite aircraft!  They are not necessarily the most beautiful, the fastest or the biggest aircraft in the World...  These are my favorite aircraft because they each in their individual way fascinate me, either because of their histories or because of their unique looks.

My favorite aircraft - Republic RC-3 Seabee

#1 Republic RC-3 Seabee

Nobody who ever has seen a Seabee, will be indifferent to her unique looks...either you hate it or you love it! Those, like me, who love the Seabee agree that she still is the best amphibian ever built - more than 60 years after the production ended!  Even hardcore Seabee lovers might admit that a Seabee on land is an ugly duckling... However, on water she turns into a beautiful swan!

My favorite aircraft - DHC-3 Otter

#2 de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter

The spirit and romance of bush flying complete in the DHC-3 Otter!  I love the ruggedness of the Otter, yet I has a beauty that is so hard to explain - pure charisma!


#3 Bell 204/UH-1 Helicopter

During my childhood I used to be scared by the helicopters because of their noise and because I thought they would land to unload soldiers to take me...  Well, after military service where I had the opportunity to work as a maintenance assistant on RNoAF Bell UH-1B helicopter, my fear has turned to a pure fascination for this fantastic helicopter!  I love the sound of the two-blade rotor, and I love the looks if this helicopter legend!


#4 Nardi/SIAI-Marchetti FN-333 Riviera

Republic Seabee in Italian style, the Ferrari of amphibians!  Cleary inspired by the Republic Seabee. the FN-333 was designed by Nardi, Italy, in early 1950s. Later FN-333 Riveras were manufactured by FIAT and SIAI-Marchetti. The exact number built is still unclear. With retractable wing floats, retractable wheels and a 260 hp engine, the Riviera is the Speed King that the Republic Seabee newer was...  There are still a very rare few Rivieras flying.


#5 STOL UC-1 Twin Bee

Designed by Joseph W. Gigante, the Twin Bee is a twin engine conversion of the Seabee.  Due to the extensive modifications, the UC-1 Twin Bee has a separate Aircraft Type Certificate. 23 have been built.  I love the looks of Twin Bee!  Still looks "modern" to me!


#6 Thurston TSC-1 Teal Amphibian

I got my first airplane ride ever in a Schweizer TSC-1A2 Teal II amphibian, and this started the 'bug'!  So of course should the Teal be on my "favorite aircraft" list.  Most people think the Teal is ugly... I think the Teal is quite nice from certain angles, especially on water - like the Seabee.


#7 Piper Cub

No other light aircraft ever made, has such a large crowd of fans!  With origins from before WW2, Cub copies are still made by several copycats.  And they are more popular than ever before!


#8 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

This is the aircraft that "built Norway"!  When introduced by de Havilland Canada in the mid 1960ies, they probably did not foresee what a great success this twin engine turboprop STOL aircraft would become.  After being out of production for a few years, the Twin Otter was reintroduced by Viking Air and is now in productions again as the "Series 400". 


#9 de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

This is the icon of bushflying in Canada and in Alaska!  Getting a ride in a Beaver is very high on my 'bucket list'!


#10 Cessna Bird Dog

After getting my first ride in a Bird Dog on 15 August 2015, I am fan!  Great performance, excellent view and an aura of ruggedness.


#11 Bell 47 Helicopter

For most helicopter enthusiasts, the Bell 47 is the definition of "helicopter"!  The first helicopter certified by US CAA, 1947, the 47 became a huge success and was sold all over the World.


#12 Cessna 206 Stationair

During the last 4 decades the Cessna 206 has slowly become a favorite bushplane workhorse for many smaller bushplane operators around the World.  The Cessna 206 is the last  seaplane type still in use by commercial operators in Norway.


#13 SAAB 91 Safir

I have never had a ride in a Safir, however, I still think this is a very nice aircraft.  A popular performer at airshows in Norway.


#14 Antonov An-2

An amazing aircraft in so many ways!



Updated 2020-02-15

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