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N6722K, Naval 101

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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: 1005
Manufacturing Date: 1947-05-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6722K 1947-05-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-05-?? Test flight.
1947-09-25 Originally shown as delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Seabee distributor Hans Osterman AB; Birger Jarlsgata 18, Stockholm 7, Sweden.

The aircraft was never delivered to Sweden, but was reassigned to another customer together with #1037.

1947-10-?? Reassigned to Ministerio de La Defensa Nacional; Government of Paraguay, Asunción, Paraguay, through Republic distributor Horacio Torrendell S.A.; Montevideo, Uruguay.
1947-10-10 Export Certificate of Airworthiness No: E-16010 issued to Smith, Kirkpatrick & Co., Inc.; New York, for the export from USA to Ministerio de La Defensa Nacional; Government of Paraguay, Asunción, Paraguay.
1947-10-?? Delivered to Paraguay, but stored somewhere?
"Naval 101"    
1950-01-?? Officially assigned to Paraguayan Naval Aviation (ANP - Aviacion Naval Paraguaya). 

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.

1960-??-?? Withdrawn from use and later scrapped?
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
RAC Seabee Export List 1948-11-15.
Air Britain "Archive" 1981 No. 3/4.
Antonio Luis Sapienza Fracchia
John Davos

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