REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 268

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SE-AXB (Photo: Johan Litens 05 July 2015)

SE-AXB
Northern Sweden
05 July 2015
Photo: © Johan Litens

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 268
Manufacturing Date: 1947-01-??
Engine: (1) Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM) # 23276.
(2) Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM) # 23435.
(3) Lycoming GO-480-G1D6 engine (295 HP) Simuflight conversion.
Remarks: Lycoming GO-480-G1D6
Simuflight Cowling
Wide Spray Rails
Electric Bilge Pump
Extended Wings w/ Extended Flaps
Droop Wing Tips
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
(SE-AXB) 1947-01-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-01-?? Test flight.
1947-02-04 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Hans Osterman AB; Stockholm, Sweden.
1947-02-13 Invoice from Smith, Kirkpatrick & Co Inc.; NYC, NY, USA for the total amount of USD 12,180.35 (for both SE-AXB/C).
1947-02-?? Shipped from New York to Sweden aboard SS "Cabe Cumberland", together with c/n 269 (SE-AXC).
1947-04-18 Request for inspection in Malmö (together with SE-AXC).  Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F # 23276.
1947-04-24 Interim C of A (until 1948-07-24).  Application for Registration: Bergbolagen AB; Lindesberg.
1947-05-12 Bill of Sale.  Seller: Ostermans Aero AB; Stockholm. / Purchaser: Bergbolagen AB; Lindesberg. (SEK 36,225).
SE-AXB 1947-06-02 C of R # 609 and C of A # 703 issued.
Registered owner: Bergbolagen AB; Lindesberg "Seahome", Sweden.  Based Västerås.

First owner of SE-AXB in Sweden was the family Berg; 1947-1950. Location was Lindesberg in the middle of Sweden. This family owned a company; Bergsindustrier AB. This family lived at a place called "Limnäs Gård", where a hangar with a ramp from the lake was constructed.

1948-04-03 A/C total time: 99 hrs.
1949-06-02 A/C total time: 124 hrs.
1949-10-?? Owner: V. Dyme, Svenska Verktygsfabriken; Sundbyberg (never officially entered in the register).
1950-08-23 A/C total time: 127 hrs.
1950-09-25 Bill of Sale.  Seller: V. Dyme, Svenska Verktygsfabriken; Sundbyberg. / Purchaser: AB Nyköpings Automobilfabrik (ANA); Nyköping.
1950-09-27 C of R # 609/10 issued.  Owner: AB Nyköpings Automobilfabrik (ANA); Nyköping.  Based at Stigtomta.
1951-09-03 Bill of Sale.  Seller: AB Nyköpings Automobilfabrik (ANA); Nyköping. / Purchaser: AB Nyköpingsflyg; Nyköping (SEK 19.000,-).  A/C total time: 142:35 hrs.
1952-04-21  A/C total time: 166:35 hrs.
1952-07-21 During take off from Lake "Sämsjön", Ulricehamn, one of the propeller blades separated from the hub after a piece of wood (probably) was sucked into the propeller.
1953-05-15 A/C total time: 426:30 hrs.
1953-07-14 C of R # 609/311 issued.
1953-07-17 Owner: AB Nyköpingsflyg; Nyköping.
1954-04-26 A/C total time: 549:35 hrs.
1954-05-17 Bill of Sale.  Seller: AB Nyköpingsflyg; Nyköping. / Purchaser: Jämtlands Flygskola; Östersund.
1954-05-20 Owner: Jämtlands Flygskola; Gunnar 'Spökis' Andersson, Östersund.
Based at Gövikens flygplats.
1955-05-16 A/C total time: 739 hrs.
1956-06-13 A/C total time: 919 hrs.
1956-11-12 Owner: Jämtlandsflyg; Gunnar 'Spökis' Andersson, Östersund. (Compton: 1956-11-15).
1957-06-08 A/C total time: 1.052:05 hrs.
1957-10-29 Owner: Spökis Aero; Östersund.  (Change of name).
1958-05-12 A/C total time: 1.219:30 hrs.
1958-10-29 Owner: Jämtlands Aero; Gunnar 'Spökis' Andersson, Östersund. (Change of name).
1959-04-29 A/C total time: 1.369:40 hrs.
1960-05-17 A/C total time: 1.629 hrs.  Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F # 23435.
1963-10-06 Last flight by Stig Gunnar "Spökis" Andersson.
1963-10-09 Last flight by Jämtlands Aero.
1963-10-18 Taken over by Sten Lundqvist (Fiskflyg AB).

In the aircraft logbook Gunnar "Spökis" Andersson writes;

Jämtlands Aeros 10-åriga trotjänare har överlämnats till Sten Lundqvist, Piteå för vidare öden i Lapplands-fjällen.  Svår tjänst har planet utfört; 5579 dygn + 1744 tim 05 min og förbruket 122080 liter bensin, transport av 106 älgar, 54 ambulans-flygningar, över 2000 mil, fraktet 9990 turister och 137 735 kg gods.  Med tack och lycka till.

Gunnar Andersson, flygchef
18 oktober 1963

1963-10-23 Bill of Sale. Seller: Jämtlands Aero; Östersund. / Purchaser: Ostermans Aero AB; Stockholm.
1965-09-20 Owner: Ostermans Aero AB; Stockholm.
1965-09-20 Bill of Sale.  Seller: Ostermans Aero AB; Stockholm. / Purchaser: Firma Axel Lundkvist; Djupviken, Piteå.
1965-09-20 Owner: Firma Axel Lundkvist; Djupviken, Piteå.
1965-11-08 "Anmält inskrivningsdomare".
1974-08-08 Bill of Sale.  Seller: Firma Axel Lundkvist; Piteå. / Purchaser: AB Fiskflyg.
1974-11-07 Owner: AB Fiskflyg; Porjus.
1980-10-18 During the night to 19th October, SE-AXB - together with Cub SE-AUT - sank at Granudden on the north side of Vaikesjaure after being weighed down by snow after a heavy downfall.  The aircraft were salvaged on 19th October and transported to Fiskflyg, Porjus.
1983-02-08 Owner: AB Fiskflyg; Porjus. (Change of address).
1990-04-30 Bill of Sale.  Seller: AB Fiskflyg; Porjus. / Purchaser: Porjusflyg AB; Porjus.
1999-05-31 Owner: AB Porjusflyg; Strömgatan 43, SE-982 60 Porjus, Sweden.
Operator: Fiskflyg AB.
1999-08-11 Last flight by Fiskflyg, pilot Ture Wirén.
2000-06-30 C of A expired.  Stored at Fiskflyg AB; Porjus.
2001-08-02 Owner: AB Fiskflyg; Porjus. (Change of address).
2005-07-08 Taken over by Ulf Engström at Porjus.
2005-07-09 Ferry flight from Porjus to Bölösen, Värmeln, Värmland.
2005-07-26 Bill of Sale.  Seller: AB Fiskflyg; Porjus. / Purchaser: Ulf Engström; Edsvalla.
2005-07-29

Ulf Engström; Nors-Mellbyn 337, SE-66052 Edsvalla, Sweden.

E-mail: uffe.engstrom@hotmail.com

SE-AXB is based in Lake "Värmeln" (N5858 E1302) with a seaplane-hangar at a location called "Bölösen" (old Swedish for Bödelns-inlösen).

2013-09-07 Flown to Åre Molanda by Ulf Engström for inspection by Mats Rönning.
2013-09-11 Bill of Sale. Seller: Ulf Engström; Edsvalla. / Purchaser: GCC Capital AB; Stockholm.
2013-09-07 Ferry flight by Ulf Engström from Värmeln to Åre Molanda.
2013-09-17 GCC Capital AB; Box 7790, SE-103 96 Stockholm, Sweden.
2015-09-24 Bill of Sale
Seller: GCC Capital AB; Stockholm.
Purchaser: Mats Rönning; Järpen.
2015-10-28 Mats Rönning; Hårsta 192, SE-830 05 Järpen, Sweden.
Tel: +46 070 5413822
E-mail: mats@meac.se  
2018-06-30 Landing accident at Lake Äcklingen, Åre, Sweden.  Aircraft hit water hard in glassy water conditions and sank.  All three people on board escaped with minor injuries.  Pilot possibly was blinded by low setting sun.
  Sources: Benny Karlsson/NORARC; Sweden.
Paul R. Compton/NORARC; Sweden.
Ulf Engström; Edsvalla, Sweden.
Lars E. Lundin; Sweden.
Mats Rönning.
SFF "Svenskt civilregister 1; t.o.m. SE-AZZ"
RAC Seabee Delivery List.

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Lake Äcklingen, Åre, Sweden
30 June 2018
Photo: © Jan-Olof Pettersson

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2014
Photo: © Mats Rönning

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20 July 1999
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

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Bölösen, Värmland
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

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2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

Bölösen, Värmland
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

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Bölösen, Värmland
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

Bölösen, Värmland
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

Bölösen, Värmland
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

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Ulf Engström

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Bölösen, Värmland
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

Ulf Engström
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

Bölösen, Värmland
2008-08-05
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

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Porjus
1999-07-20
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal
Porjus
1999-07-20
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal
Porjus
1999-07-20
Photo: © Steinar Saevdal

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