Riviera Production

This page will try to document the individual stories of each and every FN.333 Riviera built.  However, this seems to be very difficult puzzle to solve.  The Riviera amphibians were built by at least 3 different manufacturers (Nardi, Fiat and SIAI Marchetti).  Also it seems that the same registration numbers have been used for more than one Riviera...  When a Riviera was exported, a registration number could be reissued to another airframe in the production line.  SIAI Marchetti probably built to batches of Rivieras, and some reporters might confuse researchers when incorrectly reporting a Riviera's serial number; e.g. S/N 006 and 0106 are two aircraft from two different batches.  If you can help solve some of these mysteries, please contact:

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S Photo: C/N Mfg: Model: Year: Reg. Nos: Remarks:
U (1) NARDI FN-333   I-KISS 1952-12-04 First flight.  Prototype 1.
U (2) NARDI FN-333-S   I-? 1954-12-08 First flight.  Prototype 2.
U I-EUST (3) FIAT FN-333-1    I-EUST 1956-10-14 First flight.  Fiat Prototype 1.
U (4) FIAT FN-333-1   I-RAIG(1) 1960-03-29 C of A issued.  Fiat Protoype 2.
C 001 NARDI FN-333   I-RAIA
N73902
N622
1958-12-04 maiden flight.
1964-01-07 accident. W/O.
R N627 002 SIAI Marchetti FN-333 1962 N73900
N627
 
C 003 SIAI Marchetti FN-333 1962 N73901
N623
 
C 004 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   (N8294E)
N628
1974-05-24 aircraft nosed over and crashed in water, after porpoising on landing at Tallahassee, Florida.  Injuries: 1 fatal, 1 serious.
D I-SIAE 005 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1963 I-SIAE
(LN-HHD)
1965-07-05 aircraft overturned at moorings for unknown reason on Bergen Harbor, Norway.  Salvaged and brought ashore.  Engine removed. 1965-07-21 destroyed during helicopter lift from Bergen.
C 006 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   N624 1965-08-19 aircraft crashed and sank when landing gear down on Three Lakes, Wisconsin.  Injuries: 3 serious.
C 007 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   N625 1968-10-25 aircraft stalled and crashed on approach, when engine quit from fuel starvation at Akron, Ohio.  Fuel selector on empty tank.  Injuries: 1 fatal.
Still registered on US CAR.
C 008 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   I-RAID?
N626
1968-09-02 aircraft struck an object during landing on water in Winter Haven, Florida.  Landing was aborted and aircraft landed on airport.  Substantial damage to aircraft.  Injuries: 2 minor/none.
U SE-CWN 009 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1963 I-SIAU
SE-CWN
LN-BEG
Stored at Bardufoss Airport (ENDU), Norway.
C 010 SIAI Marchetti FN-333 1966 I-RAIV
(OO-DEA)
OO-HEB
1968-07-25 Accident at Heppignies, Belgium.
U 011 SIAI Marchetti FN-333 1963-05-25 (SE-EEN) Temporarily registered on Swedish CAR to Travelair Scandinavia AB; Norrköping, until  24 Aug 1963.
U 101 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   I-?  
U 102 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1961 I-ELYO
N5HL
 
U 103 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   I-?  
U 104 SIAI Marchetti FN-333 1966-04-20 I-SIAI 1966-04-02 accident. Scrapped.
U 0101 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1964 I-SIAO
VH-SAV
 
R F-BTAM (Photo: Berend Jan Floor) 0102 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1966 I-RAIW
(OO-DEB)
OO-HAR
F-BTAM
Under restoration in France.
C 0103 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   LN-NPA
OO-HPA
OH-SRA
1989-05-11 engine failure during second test flight after seven years storage.  Crashed and burned out at Hyvinkää.
R N918NS (Photo: Matthias Falkenberg) 0104 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1964 I-SIAM
N918NS
Stored in Germany.
For sale.
C 0105 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1965 N912NS  
F 0106 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1965 N916NS
C-GKMD
N993DM
 
U N913NS 0107 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1965 N913NS Under restoration, or stored?
R N914NS 0108 SIAI Marchetti FN-333 1965 N914NS 1980/81 Donated to Chaffey Community College.  Later to Coast Community College District; Costa Mesa, California. Stored outside in very poor condition.
C 0109 SIAI Marchetti FN-333   N917NS 1970-08-30 aircraft observed at level flight 1500 ft AGL, when power was reduced and aircraft entered a spin and crashed at Shelton, CT.  Aircraft took off from Bridgeport, CT, for a training flight. Injuries: 2 fatal.
F 0110 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1966 I-RAIA
N6252
N95DR
2007-05-27 crashed at Minden Airport, Nevada.  Pilot Egon Fritz (Germany) was killed.
C 0111 SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1964 N632 1965-04-17 aircraft substantial damaged when struck a submerged object on landing on river at Secaucus, New Jersey.  Injuries: 1 minor/none.
D 12BIS SIAI Marchetti
FN-333 1969 I-RAIA
N591W
1983-05-25 the aircraft was being taxied in after landing when the engine quit.  The pilot cranked the engine to restart, when an explosion was heard and flames appeared in the cabin area.  The pilot evacuated the aircraft as flames totally destroyed it.
S Photo: C/N Mfg: Model: Date: Reg. No: Remarks

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