REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 5

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NX87455

NX87455
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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: 5
Manufacturing Date: 1946-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8 fan cooled Serial No: 2300 (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Franklin 6A8-B8F Experimental Enginen Serial No: 335 (250 HP!)
Remarks: Pre-production aircraft.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NX87455
NC87455
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.

1946-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-04-08 Aircraft Registration Certificate (Form ACA 500-A) No. 87455 issued.  Signed by CAA inspector Harry M. Jones.
1946-04-08 Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate (Form ACA 308-A) No. 87455 issued.  Signed by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.
1946-04-08 Aircraft Inspection Report (Form ACA 307) approved by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.

AIRCRAFT: Republic Seabee high wing pusher amphibian type - featuring simplified all metal construction.

ENGINES: Franklin 6A8 fan cooled Ser. #2300, 215 H.P. at 2500 - ATC 242 - 80 octane

PROPELLERS: Hartzell (2) Blade Reversible Experimental Design #L8627. Ser. Blades #44579 & 80, Hub 12 x 20 - 2  - Ser. #203

REMARKS: Republic is building (10) Seabees in this group. "EXPERIMENTAL" is displayed on cabin doors L/R sides

1946-04-?? First test flight.
1946-10-09 Aircraft Registration Certificate (Form ACA 500-A) No. 87455 issued.  Signed by CAA inspector Harry M. Jones.  (Probably for NC87455)
1946-10-09 Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate (Form ACA 308-A) No. 87455 issued.  Signed by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.
1946-11-18 Repair And Alteration Form (Aircraft-Engines-Propellers-Instruments) Form ACA 337: Experimental Engine Franklin 6A8-B8F Serial No: 335 installed (250 HP!).  Agency/Mechanic: John A. Goloski (A&E 18565); Syracuse, N.Y.  Approved by CAA Inspector George. J. Harlow.
1946-11-18 Application For Airworthiness Certificate And/Or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305);  Installed Franklin engine model 6A8-B8F for Experimental purposes.  NX Certificate valid to December 1, 1947.  Approved at "airworthy" by CAA Inspector George J. Harlow on 1946-11-19.
1946-11-18 Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate (Form ACA 308-A) No. 87455 issued for "TWELVE CALENDAR MONTHS".  Signed by CAA Inspector George J. Harlow.
1948-01-28 Letter from Republic Aviation Corporation (Vice-President - Chief Engineer A. Kartveli) to Chief, Registration and Recordation Section, CAA:  Subject: Republic Model RC-3 (Seabee) Serial #5:

Subject airplane has been taken out of commission and has been given to the Syracuse University to be used for instructional purposes only. Enclosed are the Airworthiness, and Registration Certificates, and the Operation Limitations record.

It is respectfully requested that the Airworthiness and Registration Certificates of this airplane be cancelled.

1948-02-10 Cancelled from CAA Register by Aircraft Status Change (Form ACA 195). Cancelled for reason checked below: 9. To be used for instructional purposes only (See letter of Jan. 28, 1948)
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry File.

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