REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 2

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NX87452

NX87452
Farmingdale, NY, USA
December/January 1946
Photo: RAC

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 2
Manufacturing Date: 1945-12-??
Engine: Franklin 6 AL 500 - Serial # 257, 213 HP at 2600 RPM
Franklin 6A8-212-B7F (212 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Non-beaded fuselage.  Automobile-type air inlets screen.  Small trim-tabs.  Conventional wing floats.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NX87452 1945-12-?? Manufacturing Date.
1945-12-?? First test flight.
1945-12-03 Application for Registration for All Types of Aircraft (Form ACA 501) signed by C. H. Miller, Executive Vic President & General Manager, Republic Aviation Corporation.
1945-12-03 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; "FOR SERVICE TEST AND GENERAL USE, PRIOR TO REQUESTING TYPE CERTIFICATION".

Approved on 1945-12-15 by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.

1945-12-15 Aircraft Registration Certificate (Form ACA 500-A) No. 87452 issued.  Signed by CAA inspector Harry M. Jones.
1945-12-15 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, this type of construction eliminating fore and aft ribs in all surfaces.  All stressed skins are riveted and have about 1/4 inch deep outward pressed beading running longitudinally through axis.  Some reinforced skins are spot welded together.

ENGINES: Franklin 6 AL 500 - Serial # 257, 213 HP at 2600 RPM, 80 octane, experimental type.

PROPELLERS: Hartzell blades (2) L8623L-53 Serial # 42818, Warner hub 8527 Serial # 1580.

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, production plans to increase (Seabee) output monthly to about (20) a day in July.  "EXPERIMENTAL" is displayed on cabin doors L/R side.

1945-12-15 Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate (Form ACA 308-A) No. 87452 issued for "ONE YEAR", signed by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.
1946-11-22 Delivered to Casey Jones School of Aeronautics, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
1949-03-22 Letter sent from CAA/Aircraft Records Section A-300 to Republic Aviation Corporation, requesting a return statement (Form ACA-1911) of current status of aircraft.
1949-03-?? Statement (ACA-1911) from Republic Aviation Corporation: (x) I am no longer the owner of the aircraft. It was given - Nov. 21, 1946 to: Casey Jones Aviation School, LaGuardia Field, New York.  Signed by O. P. Hess.
1949-04-13 Letter sent from CAA/Aircraft Records Section A-300 to Casey Jones Aviation School, LaGuardia Field, New York, requesting a return statement (Form ACA-1911) of current status of aircraft.
1949-05-05 Cancelled from CAA Register by Aircraft Status Change (Form ACA 195). Cancelled for reason checked below: 10. At owner's request. See ditto g.
1950-01-23 Letter from Academy of Aeronautics, Inc.; New York Municipal Airport, La Guardia Field, New York, N. Y. to CAA Aircraft Section W-300; "We would like to request cancellation of the registration certificate concerning the above aircraft, (Republic N87452), in view of tha (sic) fact that it is being used for mechanical school instruction purposes and will not be used for flying".  Signed Walter M. Hartung, Vice President - Director.
  Sources: FAA Registry File.

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