REPUBLIC SEABEE HISTORY

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Percival H. "Spence" Spencer

Percival H. "Spence" Spencer

"Spence"!  Reading or hearing the name "Spence", will immediately bring any Seabee and Air Car enthusiast an image into his head of a charismatic, slender, elderly, kind-looking gentleman - the genius who designed some of the finest personal amphibians in the world - the Spencer Air Car and the Republic Seabee. 
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Republic Aviation Corporation

Republic Aviation Corporation

Republic Aviation Corporation was organized at Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, in October 1939, out of the former Seversky Aviation Company which started in 1931 in one room.  During WW2 Republic grew to become one of the most important and successful aircraft manufacturers of the USA.
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Republic Aircraft

Republic Aircraft

During WW2 the original Seversky fighters evolved into the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter series.  The Thunderbolt became one of the most successful fighter aircraft of the war, and the start of a long series of "Thunder" aircraft to follow...
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The RC-1 Thunderbolt Amphibian

Republic RC-1 Amphibian History

When WW2 was coming to an end, Republic realized that they would need an aircraft for the predicted looming personal aircraft marked that was expected to emerge when the hero pilots returned home.  Republic wanted to offer something different....
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The Republic RC-3 Seabee History!

Republic RC-3 Seabee History

After the concept prototype for the Republic personal amphibian aircraft had flown, Republic's president Alfred Marchev decided that they wanted to take advantages of automotive manufacturing methods to drastically reduce the price of their contender for the post WW2 personal airplane market.  The result of the innovative design process was the RC-3 Seabee...
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Republic Seabee operators of the World!

Republic RC-3 Seabee Operators

Many commercial airplane operators have operated Seabee for air taxi, air ambulance, etc.  Some Seabees have even been operated by the military in a few countries.  Here are some of the stories...
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The Republic RC-3 Seabee Timeline!

Republic RC-3 Seabee Timeline

This is summary of important dates in the history of Spence and his amphibians.
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Updated 2013-10-05

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