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The Republic Seabee Amphibian

Republic RC-3 Seabee

The unique Seabee amphibian was a product of legend aircraft designer Percival H. Spencer selling his Air Car design to Republic Aviation Corporation, to be their contribution for the expected post WW2 booming personal airplane market. Today, more than 60 years after production ended, the Seabee is still the most popular amphibian on the used-market...



UC-1 Twin Bee Amphibian

Stol UC-1 Twin Bee

If the standard production Seabee has a lack of engine power, why not add one more engine?  The Twin Bee is a twin engine conversion of the Seabee, utilizing an airframe of a RC-3 Seabee.  Twenty three conversions have been built to date.



Trident Trigull Amphibian

Trident TR-1 Trigull

The Trident TR-1 Trigull is one of most beautiful aircraft ever built - the ultimate evolution of the Republic Seabee!  This was no coincidence.  The father of the Air Car and Seabee amphibians, Percival H. "Spence" Spencer, was also involved in the design of the Trigull.



The Riviera Amphibian

FN-333 Riviera

The classy looking Riviera amphibian is 'Seabee' in Italian style...  Built by Nardi and Siai-Marchetti, supposedly only 23 were built during the early 1960ies.  Several were exported from Italy to the USA.  If you find one, take care of her! She is getting rarer and rarer every day!



The Thurston Teal Amphibian

Thurston Teal

The Thurston Teal amphibian was designed by the highly respected aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer David B. Thurston.  38 Teal amphibians were built, by 3 different manufacturers 1967 - 1978.  Several Teals have been restored the last few years, an indication of the fact that more and more pilots are seeing what a great little amphibian the Teal is!



Seaplanes In Norway!

Seaplanes in Norway

Each one of us might have our own personal reasons for loving seaplanes, but we all share the feeling that seaplane flying is the ultimate freedom!  Once you have tasted it, you'll always want to go back!  This website is dedicated to seaplanes in Norway and Europe.



Twin Otters In Norway!

Twin Otter in Norway

The de Havilland of Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter replaced the DHC-3 Otters in Norway from 1967.  Operated by RNoAF 719 Squadron and civil operators such as Wideröe's Flyveselskap A/S, the Twin Otter was the most important airplane in Norwegian domestic air transportation from 1967 to 2000.  2006 the Twin Otters started to return...



DHC-3 Otter in Norway!

Otter in Norway

Designed and produced by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada, the DHC-3 Otter was the most important bushplane in Norway from 1954 to the early 1970ies.  The Norwegian Otters were operated by Royal Norwegian AF (RNoAF) and civil operators like Wideröe's Flyveselskap A/S, Solbergfly A/S and Norving A/S.



Early helicopters in Norway

Early helicopters in Norway

After WW2 the most optimistic helicopter advocates suggested that the helicopter would become every man's transportation.  That did not happen.  However, in countries like Norway, the helicopters soon became the best choice for specialized air transportation, such as SAR, ambulance, lifting, surveys, etc.



719 skvadron

719 Squadron

The history of the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) 719 Squadron, operating Bell 47, Bell 47J, DHC-3 Otter, Sikorsky H-19D, DHC-6 Twin Otter and Bell Huey from Bodø AFB  1954 - 2000. Operations included SAR, transportation, ambulance, PHOTOINT, UN duties, Arctic flights, missile testing, ski-flying,  paratrooper lift, special operations.



Fjellfly - Snorre S. Kjetilson


Et av de mest fasinerende av de mange små flyselskapene som ble opprettet i de driftige og optimistiske årene etter den andre verdenskrig var Fjellfly.  Opprettet i 1954, skulle selskapet bli en viktig del at Telemarks flyhistorie helt fram til 1972, da selskapet dessverre gikk konkurs.  Selskapets grunnleggere var Snorre Sturla Kjetilson og hans kone Reidun.  Sammen skulle de bli noen av de mest kjente navnene i norsk sivil flyhistorie.



Steinar's Archive

Steinar's archive

For more than 25 years, aviation history has been this webmaster's favorite interest...  This is a collection of some of my projects, notes and files from researching Norwegian aviation history.  Maybe useful for some visitors.  And your corrections, photos and information is most welcome!



Aeronautica for sale!

Aeronautica for sale!

I am collecting aviation books, aviation photos, patches, aircraft sales brochures etc.  To fund some of my collections, I am selling some duplicates and surplus items.  Due to very high postage costs in Norway, I will only sell to Norwegian addresses.



Updated: 2022-12-10

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