< prev | prod | next >

N6678K, F-BEDQ, F-VNAQ Photo wanted!

Photo wanted!
Photo: ?


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: Republic RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 961
Manufacturing Date: 1947-05-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Reg. No. Date Remarks
N6678K 1947-05-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-05-?? Test flight.
1947-09-16 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Smith, Kirkpatrick & Co., Inc.; New York, USA, for export to French Indochina.  According to Republic Export List date 1948-11-15 the Seabee was exported to Messageries-Fluviales; Cochine, Saigon, French Indochina.
1948-??-?? Cancelled from US CAR.
F-BEDQ 1948-??-?? Not confirmed that this registration ever was applied.
F-VNAQ 1948-02-11 Societe Idochinoise de Transports Aeriens; 5 Quai Le Myre de Vilers, Saigon.
1952-05-15 Tran Van Soai; Caivon, Vietnam.

Tran Van Soai was a Hoa Hao general, who became the commander in chief of the Hoa Hao (Buddhist sect) armed forces, after the assassination of Huynh Phu So by the Viet Minh on 1947-04-01. The French showed their appreciation of Soai's cooperation by promoting him to the rank of general on 1953-01-01.  He was a Minister of State from 1954-09-24  to March 1955.

1960-10-19 Cancelled from French CAR due to "REFORME".
  Sources: RAC Seabee Export List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Air Britain "Archive" 1981 No. 3/4.


< prev | prod | next >

Updated 2010-12-01

  2010 Steinar Saevdal