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Mona Reservoir, Utah
Photo: Jaren Lynn/IRSOC


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 691
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S codes: 52073234 / A8769C
Reg. No. Date Remarks
1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-04-?? Test flight.
1947-04-18 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Roscoe Turner Aero. Corp.; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
1956-08-30 A/W Date.
1982-06-26 Llano, Texas.  The pilot was on a test flight to check the engine in the amphibious aircraft.  As the landing gear was being lowered to land at the airport, a "pop" was heard.  Reportedly, the noise occurred when the clevis on the rod end of the retract/extend cylinder failed.  The pilot reported that the gear would not retract or extend, but was swinging freely in a trail position.  He elected to make a water landing.  Thinking the gear would trail behind.  Reportedly, the aircraft bounced on its first touchdown.  The pilot stated that the wheels were knocked back hard, the bounced fully forward and locked.  Subsequently, the aircraft flipped forward onto its back.  Injuries: none.  Aircraft damage: Substantial.  [NTSB ID No: FTW82DA254].
????-??-?? C of R issued to:
Billie Joe Woody; Burnet, TX.
1991-06-18 Kingsland, Texas.  During nighttime water taxi the pilot lost control of the amphibious airplane during the docking.  The airplane left landing gear/float assembly hit the submerged portion of the dock and expelled the pilot out of the right door into the water.  The pilot was not wearing a seat belt.  The private pilot/owner was not seaplane rated.  Pilot was seriously injured.  Aircraft damage: minor.  [NTSB ID No: FTW91LA101].
1997-06-18 C fo R issued to:
Billie Joe Woody; Burnet, TX.
2001-06-28 C of R issued to:
Jay E. Herte; 5054 Park Lane, Hartford, WI 53027-9481. 
2006-06-02 C of R issued to:
Jay E. Herte; 5054 Park Lane, Hartford, WI 53027-9481.

2014-03-14 For sale:

1947 Republic SeaBee, Aircraft TT 1385.2, Engine TSOH 178.8, Prop TSO 257.6.

All ADs compiled with. Engine overhauled by Richie Brumm with all his mods,InterAv Alternator, Oil filter. King KY197 Radio, PS Engineering PCD 7100 Intercom w/CD player, King KT76A Transponder, Trans Cal mode C Encoder, Electronics International R-1 Tachometer, M-1 Manifold Pressure Gauge and 6cly EGT/CHT, Cleveland Disk Brakes, Richie Brumm Stainless Tail Wheel control horn, Wing extensions w/droop tips, Wide spray rails. This Aircraft is ready to go out and play.

2015-11-05 C of R issued to:
R & C Technology Ltd.; 3511 Silverside Road STE 105, Wilmington, DE 19810-4902.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.

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