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N6720K, Naval 103

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Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: Republic RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 1003
Manufacturing Date: 1947-05-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6720K 1947-05-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-05-?? Test flight.
1947-07-31 Originally from Republic Aviation Corporation to Clara E. Livingston; Dorado, Puerto Rico.
"Naval 103"? ????-??-?? Horacio Torrendell S. A.; Montevideo, Uruguay, according to RAC Seabee Export List 1948-11-15.
  To Aviación Naval Paraguaya (ANP) - Paraguayan Navy?  Assigned ANP code "NAVAL 103"? UNCONFIRMED!

Naval 103: This has been a “mistery plane” for decades but it is very likely that this Seabee was c/n 1003. Horacio Torrendell S.A. just imported three Seabees and this one was one of them. It was also built in 1947 and originally registered as NC6720K for Clara Livingston of Puerto Rico. It received the serial NAVAL 103 in January, 1950 in the ANP.

  The Seabees were based at the Sajonia Naval Air Station in Asunción, on the Paraguay River. They kept the overall bare metal finish, except for the lower hull, which was painted in black, as well as the lower part of the wing floats. The Paraguayan flag colors, red, white and blue, were painted in the rudder, with a yellow star on the white stripe. Black anchors were painted in the four wing positions and the serial numbers were painted in black squared letters/numbers on both sides of the front fuselage.
1957-07-03 Accident at Ypacaraí Lake, Paraguay.  It’s only crew member, Lt. PAN (Navy Pilot) Raúl Viera Cazal, died in the crash.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
RAC Seabee Export List 1948-11-15.
Air Britain "Archive" 1981 No. 3/4.
Antonio Luis Sapienza Fracchia

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