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Harvey Field Airport (S43), Snohomish, Washington, USA
July 2012
Photo: courtesy of Randy Komko


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 78
Manufacturing Date: 1946-10-??
Engine: (1) Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)

(2) Lycoming GO-480-G1B6 (s/n L-1133-35) mfg 1964, overhauled Nov 1983
- Total time since new 1750 hours
- Total time since overhaul 75 hours

Remarks: - Hartzell 3 blade reversing propeller HC-A3MV20-3LLMV9333N-5, s/n FCA74
- Blade s/nos J54549,J54550, J54635 mfg 2000. Total time since New 75 hours
- Extended Wing Tips
- Large Spray Rails
- Jasco Alternator 12Volt 50 Amp
- Whelen Strobe System
- Transponder- Garmin GTX 327 with encoder
- Nav/Com King KX125
- FlightCom 403 MC 4 place intercom
- Vertical Card Compass
- RRR Russ tailwheel adapter
- M-20 Crankcase air/oil separator
- Cleveland Brakes
- Brackett Air Filter
- Garmin 295 GPS
- EBC emergency locator transmitter
- New Interior (seat covers, side panels, headliner & seatbelts)
- All new windows (with vents)
- New Paint (needs minor touch up)
- Tow Bar
- Mode S code: 53005641 / AC0BA1
Reg. No. Date Remarks
1946-10-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-10-?? Test flight.
1946-10-17 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to North American Airport Corporation; White Plains, New York, USA.
1956-07-03 A/W Date.
(1986) William A. Morgan; Glenn Riddle, PA, USA.
1998-08-06 Philadelphia Seaplane Base Aviation Division Inc.; (Robert Mills and Lou Fitzpatrick), 700 Summit Avenue, Prospect Park, PA  19076-1529, USA.
2006 FOR SALE!
2011-04-19 Registration pending:
John Harms; 3705 Arctic Boulevard # 2062, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5774, USA.
2012-04-26 C of R terminated.  Revoked.
2012-07-21 Snohomish, Washington, USA.  Just after take off from Harvey Field Airport (S43), 10 a.m. the aircraft lost engine power and the 78 year old pilot made an emergency landing off airport.  The Seabee came down in a watery slough near the 9700 block of 111th Street SE just south of airport and ended up partly submerged in a local river.  The pilot, John Harms, was rescued out of the wreck by local residents rushing to the crash site.  The pilot was conscious and was taken to hospital.  He suffered head injuries.

From preliminary NTSB report:

On July 21, 2012, about 1030 Pacific daylight time, a Republic RC-3 airplane, N87521, collided with a tree shortly after takeoff from Harvey Field (S43) Snohomish, Washington. The airline transport pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the aft fuselage. The airplane was registered to the pilot, and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

A pilot rated witness stated that he observed the airplane takeoff from runway 15. Shortly after takeoff the airplane collided with a tree and descended into the ground. The airplane came to rest in a creek about 3,000 feet beyond the departure end of the runway.

2012-08-14 Cancelled from FAA Registry.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry.
Al Cunningham.
Randy Komko.
Rolf Larsson.


Harvey Field Airport (S43), Snohomish, Washington, USA
22 July 2012
Photo: courtesy of Al Cunningham


New Smyrna Beach Muni (KEVB), Florida, USA
8th April 2005
Photo: Derek Heley (used with permission)
Original photo at


Chester County Airport, Coatesville, PA, USA
Photo: courtesy of Ken Morrison
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N87521 crashed N87521 N87521
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