REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 3

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NX87453

This undated photo of NX87453 seems to have been taken some years after
production.  It looks like the Seabee is being dismantled after longtime storage.
If you have any information on this Seabee, please contact Steinar Saevdal !
Photo:  courtesy Eric McMillen

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 3
Manufacturing Date: 1945-12-??
Engine: Franklin 6 AL 500 - Serial # 257 (213 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.
Pre-production aircraft.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NX87453 1945-12-?? Manufacturing Date.
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, DEMONSTRATIONAL PRIVILEGES".

Approved on 1946-01-15 by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.

1946-01-15 Aircraft Registration Certificate (Form ACA 500-A) No. 87453 issued.  Signed by CAA inspector Harry M. Jones.
1946-01-15 Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate (Form ACA 308-A) No. 87453 issued, signed by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.
1946-01-15 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.

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

PROPELLERS: Hartzell blades (2) Design #3620, Experimental reversible type.

REMARKS: Republic is building (5) Seabees in this group to be used for demonstrators. "EXPERIMENTAL" is displayed on cabin doors L/R side.

1946-01-?? First test flight.
1946-12-05 Given to Long Island Agricultural Institute, Conklin St., Farmingdale, New York.
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.
1949-03-28 Statement (ACA-1911) received from Republic Aviation Corporation: (x) I am no longer the owner of the aircraft. It was given Dec. 5, 1946 to:  Long Island Agricultural Institute, Conklin St., Farmingdale, New York.  Signed by O. P. Hess.
1949-04-13 Letter sent from CAA/Aircraft Records Section A-300 to Long Island Agricultural Institute, Conklin St., Farmingdale, New York, requesting a return statement (Form ACA-1911) of current status of aircraft.
1949-04-15 Form ACA-1911 signed by Long Island Agricultural Institute, D. Wallee: (x) The aircraft has been permanently retired from service and I request that registration be canceled.  Received by CAA on 1949-04-18.
1949-04-22 Cancelled from CAA Register by Aircraft Status Change (Form ACA 195). Cancelled for reason checked below: 10. At owner's request.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry File.

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