REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 758

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Three Republic Seabee amphibians carrying the distinctive black and orange official colors and "Flying Goose" insignia of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service are shown lined up at Republic Aviation Corporation's field at Farmingdale, Long Island, ready for flyaway delivery to Alaska.  The U. S. Department of the Interior has purchased the Seabees for its game and fish protection program throughout Alaska and the territories, some 15,000 miles of sea coast.  Patrol pilots who fly them estimate that each Seabee will take the place of 20 power boats, and because of the four-place amphibians wide range of land or water utility, will be equally effective in game and fish law enforcement in coastal waters, inland rivers, and the Territory's vast tundra area.  The Seabee carries a useful load of over 1,000 lbs and has a range of more than 500 miles.
06 August 1947
Photo: Republic Aviation Corporation / Steinar Saevdal Collection
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AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 758
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S codes:
52373100 / A9F640 (N741)
51355156 / A5DA6E (N4765C)
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC741
N741
1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-??-?? Test flight.
1947-05-07 Statement of Conformity, Form ACA 317, by Republic Aviation Corporation ... 758 has been manufactured in conformity with the data forming the basis for Type Certificate No. 769...
[Signed W. I. Stieglitz, Design Engineer, Commercial Req's]
1947-05-14 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: U.S. Department of the Interior; Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago 54, Illinois.
Seller: Republic Aviation Corporation; M. G. Veckman, Assistant Treasurer.
1947-05-14 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: U.S. Department of the Interior; Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago 54, Illinois.
1947-05-14 signed Harry M. Jones, CAA inspector.
1947-05-23 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to US Department of The Interior; Chicago, Illinois, USA.
(Undated) Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B:
Name: Fish & Wildlife Service; U.S. Department of the Interior, Juneau, Alaska.
1947-08-13 Registration Certificate, Form ACA-500 Part A, issued to:
Fish & Wildlife Service; U.S. Department of the Interior, Juneau, Alaska.
1948-04-02 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Department of the Interior; Fish & Wildlife Service, Juneau, Alaska.
1948-04-02 signed J. R. Meek, Agent, A&E 84972.
1948-04-02 signed J. R. Meek, Designee # 8215.
1948-04-06 signed Marmon J. O'Bryan, CAA Inspector.
1948-09-01 Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments), Form ACA-337:
Owner: U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Dept. of Interior, Juneau, Alaska.
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F, s/n 23758.
Agency: Robert H. Morrow (A&E 382069); c/o Pan American Airways; Annette Island, Alaska.
Description of work accomplished:

Top overhaul as per service manual Franklin Aircraft Engines.
Ground valves and refaced valve seats.
Overhauled valve operating mechanism.
Installed new rings.
Checked limits and tolerances per Franklin Service Manual.
Run in engine after overhaul.

1948-09-01 signed Robert H. Morrow, A&E 382069, Supervising Mechanic.
1948-09-05 signed Marmon J. O'Bryan, CAA Inspector.

1952-09-22 Letter from United States Department of the Interior; Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington 24, D.C. to Civil Aeronautics Administration:

Gentlemen:

   Enclosed are Forms ACA-500, Parts A and B, requesting the registration of Grumman JRF-5 aircraft, Serial No. B-97, in the name of U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington 25, D. C., and assigning thereto Registration No. N741: the original of Form ACA-500, Part A, showing registration of the aircraft in the name of the Alaska Railroad, Department of the Interior, Anchorage, Alaska, Registration No. N3903B; copy of letter of February 14, 1952, from Mr. M. J. MacDonald, Superintendent of Stores and Purchases, Alaska Railroad to Mr. Theron A. Smith, Aircraft Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Service, and copy of Purchase Order No. B-34355 to the Alaska Railroad covering consignment of subject aircraft to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

   It is desired to change the registration number of this aircraft from N3903B to N741 to conform with the Registration Serial Numbers assigned to other Fish and Wildlife Servic Aircraft in the 700 series.

   Registration No. 741 has previously been assigned to Republic Seabee, manufacturer's serial No. 758, belonging to this Service.  This Seabee Aircraft is now retired from service and will be offered for sale to the highest bidder with the provision that the registration number will be withdrawn, and that it will be the responsibility of the purchaser to obtain new registration number from the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

   It is therefore requested that the Registration No, N741 be withdrawn from Seabee, manufacturer's serial No. 758, and reassigned to Grumman JRF-5 aircraft, serial No. B-97.

   Should there be any further question in regard to registration of this aircraft, you may contact Mr. John N. Ball, Code 181, Extension 4491, for additional information.

Sincerely yours,
O. H. Johnson (signed)
Acting Director

1952-09-24 Aircraft Status Change, Form ACA 195:
Registered owner: Fish & Wildlife Service, Dept. of Interior, .
Canceled for reason checked below:
[x] 8. At owner's request.   Retired from service.

Cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register.

N4765C 1953-02-25 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Richard A. Frank; P.O. Box 817, Juneau, Alaska.
Seller: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior; Clarence J. Rhode, Regional Director.

"Registration No. NC-741 is being retained by the Fish and Wildlife Service".

1953-06-04 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Flying, Incorporated; 2 Marine Way, Juneau, Alaska.
Seller: Richard A. Frank; owner.
1953-07-01 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B:
Name of applicant: Flying, Incorporated; 2 Marine Way, Juneau, Alaska.
1953-07-13 Certificate of Registration, Form ACA-500 Part A, issued to:
Flying, Incorporated; 2 Marine Way, Juneau, Alaska.
1953-08-16 Weight and Balance Report.
Prepared by: John S. Bracelen, DAMI 8267.
Empty weight: 2281.7 lbs.
1953-08-16 Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments), Form ACA-337:
Owner: Flying, Incorporated; 2 Marine Way, Juneau, Alaska.
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F, s/n 23758.
Agency: Richard A. Frank; Juneau, Alaska.
Description of work accomplished:

The subject aircraft was assembled, refinished and weighed.
6A8-215-B9F engine was installed.
Weight and balance data and loading information attached.

1953-08-16 signed Richard A. Frank, A&E 283654, Supervising Mechanic.
1953-08-16 signed John S. Bracelen, Designee # 8257.
1953-09-23 signed J. E. McCarthy, CAA Inspector.

1953-08-16 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours: 906.1 hrs.
Engine (s/n 23765) total hours: 200 hrs.

1953-08-16 signed John S. Bracelen, Designee # 8257.
1953-09-23 signed J. E. McCarthy, CAA Inspector, Reg. 5A ASDO 3.

1953-08-16 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Flying, Incorporated; 2 Marine Way, Juneau, Alaska.

1953-08-16 signed Richard A. Frank, Vice President.

1953-08-16 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued.
Expire: 1954-08-16.
1954-04-20 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Kenneth H. Loken; 423 3rd St., Juneau, Alaska.
Seller: Flying, Incorporated.
1954-04-20 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500, Part B:
Name of applicant: Kenneth H. Loken; 423 3rd St., Juneau, Alaska.
1954-05-18 Certificate of Registration, Form ACA-500.1, Part A, Issued to:
Kenneth H. Loken; 423 3rd St., Juneau, Alaska.
1955-04-15 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Kenneth H. Loken; 423 3rd St., Juneau, Alaska.

1955-04-15 signed Kenneth H. Loken, Owner.

1955-04-19 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours: 970:00 hrs.
Engine (s/n 23765) total hours: 264:00 hrs.

1955-04-19 signed John S. Bracelen, Designee # 8257.
1955-04-19 signed J. E. McCarthy, CAA Inspector, 5-ASDO-3.

1955-04-19 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued.
Expire: 1956-04-19.
1955-05-01 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Melvin Bolsinger; Box 110, Wrangell, Alaska.
Seller: Kenneth H. Loken, owner.
1955-05-01 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500, Part B:
Name of applicant: Melvin Bolsinger; Box 110, Wrangell, Alaska.
1955-05-27 Certificate of Registration, Form ACA-500, Part A, Issued to:
Melvin Bolsinger; Box 110, Wrangell, Alaska.
1955-09-09 Wrangell Harbor, Alaska.  Aircraft crashed, pilot/owner Melvin Bolsinger was killed.

Wrangell logger killed in plane crash today

   WRANGELL (AP) Mel Bohlsinger, about 40, head of the Bohlsinger and Hawley Logging Co. died today in the crash of his light plane in Wrangell harbor.
   The plane plunged into the harbor a few minutes after Bohlsinger had taken off in clear weather.  Witnesses said he got cleart of the plane after it hit, but disappeared before help could reach him.
   A recently killed seagull was found floating near the crash scene, leading to the theory the bird may hape (sic) flown into the propeller.
   Bohlsinger formerly operated a trucking line in Valdez.  His logging company now is operating on Level Island near here.

[Daily Sitka Sentinel, Friday, September 9, 1955.  Courtesy of Matt Miller]

1955-11-17 Aircraft Status Change, Form ACA 195:
Registered owner: Melvin Bolsinger.
Canceled for reason checked below:
[x] 4. Accident.   Washout 9-9-55 per report dated 10-5-55.

Cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register.

  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Barry Collman.
Matt Miller.

NC739, N740, N741

Fish and Wildlife Service Pilots
Standing beside one of the two Republic Seabee amphibians they flew to Alaska from Republic Aviation Corporation's plant at Farmingdale, Long Island, are J. Marvin Wolfe (foreground) and D. C. Freimuth, pilots of the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U. S. Department of the Interior, which bought three of the Seabee amphibians for the government's law enforcement program, throughout both the territory's vast inland area and its 15,000 miles of coastline.
06 August 1947
Photo: Republic Aviation Corporation / Steinar Saevdal Collection
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