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Seabee to museum in Finland
[2011-11-04] Matti Mecklin informs
that he in May 2011 sold his Seabee project, # 679
- OH-EGA, to LUSTO - The Finnish Forest Museum in Punkaharju,
Finland. OH-EGA crashed in 1958 and has not been flown since
then. OH-EGA will be restored for display in the museum in
2012. For the restoration, the museum is in need of a front door
and a propeller. If you can help, please contact this
Seabee flies in Norway!
[2011-11-02] After nearly two years of
total restoration by owner Per Otto Leth-Olsen, # 813
- LN-PLO, made her first flight in Norway on 08 October! Per Otto
imported # 813 from the USA in 2009. Per Otto is a
mechanic with a major Scandinavian airline, skills that will be most
helpful for any Seabee owner. Per Otto's father used to own a
Seabee during the 1960s. LN-PLO is currently the only Seabee in
Norway, after Seabee # 270 LN-IKK was sold to Sweden as SE-AXR in
2005. LN-PLO is Franklin-powered with original wings, and is based at Trondheim Airport, Værnes (ENVA).
Congratulations, Per Otto!
Farris' Robbe R/C Seabee
[2011-06-22] Thought you might like
some pictures of of my Robbe R/C Seabee. I painted it in the RAC
demonstrator colors of NC87548; much more scale appearing than the
Robbe scheme. Fantastic flying little seaplane!
Love the Seabee! Flew the full-size
once from Key West to Dry Tortugas back in 1976. Very solid and slow!
I am at present an Airbus 320 captain with US Airways and an R/C
modeler of over 40 years. Own and fly a 1957 Cessna 172 as well.
Someday I hope to find the right full-size Seabee! I enjoy your
website very much...
Thanks, Russ Farris
thank you for the huge outpouring of support. I always knew he
was terrific, I just didn't realize so many others did!
memorial will be Friday, Feb. 4 at 1300. (that's 1:00 pm) at
"The Tree" in Spruce Creek. Security will give you
directions. If it's bad weather, it will be at the
Country Club--just a little down from the tree. There will be
directions for that as well. A reception will follow the
memorial. To get to Spruce Creek, it's 2.3 miles west of 95.
I'm sure we're on Mapquest.
fly-in people let me know your e.t.a. and I'll have someone for
transportation. We can park about four planes on our apron and
two neighbors. Then there's some room at another neighbor one
street over. When you can let me know your plans, I'll work on
attended a few of these before, it's important to me that people who
know him speak. That's where his life was, not with people who
didn't know him. So. . .anyone who would like to share a
story, call me and I'll try to work this out. If you can't,
that's okay. I have a million of them and know I won't be able
to share them. So, just think about it. And again, let
me know if you would like to.
think that's all for now. Any questions, please let me know.
I think I'm banging on all cylinders, but who knows?
is with the most profound sorrow of my life that I tell you that Jim
died today. He had a heart attack and was pronounced dead at
1636. I'll let you know about arrangements later.
"Lake Tahoe Special" Accident
On Friday 21 January 2011, the
beautiful "Lake Tahoe Special" amphibian sadly had an accident on Shasta
Lake, Redding, California. During landing on Shasta Lake just
before 12:30 p.m., right wing float hit debris in the water some 500 yards
from Bridge Bay Resort.
R/H wing dipped into the water.
Eyewitnesses said the plane went in
circles three to four times, before settling.
it stopped, pilot/owner Stephen Lantz and his two passengers — Thomas Giles, 72, of
Anderson, and Douglas McLain, 70, of Redding — climbed out. Then the
plane flipped and began to sink as the men scrambled on top of it.
Bridge Bay employees quickly made it
to the sinking plane and rescued the three, deputies said. No one was
Stephen Lantz and his
companions had taken off from Benton Airpark in Redding before landing
on the lake.
Shasta County Sheriff's Boating
Safety Unit officials said they secured the plane to prevent it from
sinking. U.S. Forest Service employees towed the plane back to Bridge
The Boating Safety Unit, the Federal
Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board
are investigating the accident.
"Lake Tahoe Special" is an
experimental amphibian made by Stephen Lantz from Republic Seabee
components and is equipped with a V8 engine.