REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 1

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NX87451

NX87451
Farmingdale, NY, USA
December 1945
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AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 1
Manufacturing Date: 1945-11-??
Engine: Franklin 6 AL 500 - Serial # 254 (212 HP at 2600 RPM)
Franklin 6A8-212-B7F (212 HP at 2600 RPM)
Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Non-beaded fuselage.  Automobile-type air inlets screen.  Small trim-tabs.  Conventional wing floats.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NX87451 1945-11-?? Manufacturing Date.
1945-11-14 Application for Registration for All Types of Aircraft (Form ACA 501) signed by C. H. Miller, Executive Vic President & General Manager, Republic Aviation Corporation.
1945-11-14 Aircraft Registration Certificate (Form ACA 500-A) No. 87451 issued for "DURATION ONE YEAR".  Signed by CAA inspector Harry M. Jones.
1945-11-14 Application for Airworthiness Certificate for an Aircraft (Form ACA 305) signed by C. H. Miller, Executive Vic President & General Manager, Republic Aviation Corporation.

Describe any special purpose for which aircraft will be used; "DEMONSTRATION FOR TYPE CERTIFICATE AND SERVICE TEST".

Approved on same date by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.

1945-11-14 Aircraft Inspection Report (Form ACA 307) approved by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.

AIRCRAFT: Republic Seabee high wing pusher type all metal construction (no cloth or wood) featuring simplified design, all stressed skins are riveted and have about 1/2 inch deep outward pressed beading running longitudinally through axis.  Reinforced skins and plating are spot welded together.

ENGINES: Franklin 6 AL 500 - Serial # 254, 212 HP at 2600 RPM, 80 octane, experimental type.

PROPELLERS: Hartzell blades (2) L8623L-44 Serial # 4282, Warner hub 8599 Serial # 1582.

REMARKS: Republic is building (5) Seabees in this group to be used for demonstrators as soon as the technical aircraft data is accepted by C.A.A. Aircraft Engineering.  They intend to build in groups of a hundred under a type & production certificates.  The word "Experimental" painted on entrance to cabin.

1945-11-14 Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate (Form ACA 308-A) No. 87451 issued for "ONE YEAR", signed by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.
1945-11-22 Roll out at Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.
1945-12-01 At 9:17 a.m. the first prototype Model RC-3 Seabee, NX87451, makes her first flight, taken to the air by designer and test pilot Percival H. Spencer from Republic Airport, Farmingdale.
1946-06-24 Letter from Republic Aviation Corporation (C. H. Miller) to Chief, Registration and Recordation Section, CAA, requesting "that the Registration and Airworthiness Certificates for this airplane be cancelled".

"The subject airplane has been taken out of commission and will be used in the future for Ground School purposes only."

1946-08-07 Cancelled from CAA Register by Aircraft Status Change (Form ACA 195). Cancelled for reason "washed out".
  Sources: FAA Registry File.

NX87451

NX87451
Farmingdale, NY, USA
1946
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NX87451
Fly-by
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NX87451
Docking
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NX87451
On the step, landing
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NX87451
From below
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NX87451
On the step
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