REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 9

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NX87459, NC87459

NX87459/NC87459
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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: 9
Manufacturing Date: 1946-05-??
Engine: (1) Franklin 6A8-215-B8F #23006 (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
(2) Franklin 6A8-215-B8F #23294 (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
(2) Franklin 6A8-215-B8F #23079 (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Pre-production aircraft.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NX87459
NC87459
N87459
1946-05-24 Manufacturing Date.  Used as a demonstrator.
1946-05-24 Application for Registration for All Types of Aircraft (Form ACA 501) signed by C. H. Miller, Executive Vic President & General Manager, Republic Aviation Corporation.
1946-05-24 Aircraft Registration Certificate (Form ACA 500-A) No. 87459 issued.
Signed by CAA inspector Harry M. Jones.
1946-05-24 Application for Airworthiness Certificate for an Aircraft (Form ACA 305) signed by C. H. Miller, Executive Vice-President & General Manager.

FOR EXPERIMENTAL AND DEMONSTRATIONAL PRIVILEGES, PRIOR TO TYPE CERTIFICATION.

Approved by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones, 1946-05-24.

1946-05-24 Aircraft Inspection Report (Form ACA 307) (NX87459) approved by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.

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

ENGINES: Franklin 6A8-B8F Ser. #23006 - 215 H.P. at 2500  - ATC 242 - 80 octane

PROPELLERS: Hartzell - (2) Blade Controllable Reversible
Type Cert. #845 - Hub Ser. #216
Blade Ser. 44582 & 44584
Blade Design L 8427

REMARKS: Republic is building (10) Seabees in this group. RC3-1
"EXPERIMENTAL" is displayed on cabin doors L/R sides

Report on R.A.C. NX Ships Licensed.
#1 Out of commission - recalling license
#2 At Air Cooled Motors, Rochester, N.Y.
#3 & #4 Non Demonstrational - Technical Flights Only
#5 First ship of the rev.-design.  To be used at R.A.C. Plant
#6 Never licensed - Went to N.Y. show.  This ship is now back in prod. line
#7 To be used for C.A.A. type cert.
#8, 9, & 10 to be used as demonstrators.  All three are now at plant being mod. to the latest design changes.

1946-05-24 Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate (Form ACA 308-A) No: 87459 issued.
Approved by CAA Inspector: Harry M. Jones.
1946-05-24 Operation Limitations (Form ACA-309) NX87459
Signed by CAA Inspector: Harry M. Jones.
1946-09-18 Weight And Balance Data Report issued. Empty weight: 2194.9 lbs.
Approved by CAA Inspector: Harry M. Jones.
1946-09-18 Repair And Alteration Form - Aircraft-Engines-Propellers-Instruments (Form ACA 337)
Agency: Republic Aviation Corp. (Approved repair station no: 2776)
Date of repair/alteration: 1946-09-18.
Main Landing Gear reworked and inspected to the following Republic Aviation Corporation blueprints:...
Tail Wheel Installation reworked to Republic Aviation Corporation blueprints:...

Supervising mechanic: Thomas R. Makin (A&E #13235), 1946-09-18.
Approved by CAA inspector: Harry M. Jones, 1946-09-18.
1946-10-07 Operation Limitations (Form ACA-309) NC87459
Signed by CAA Inspector: Harry M. Jones.
1946-11-29 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-502) #278330
Purchaser: Roscoe Turner Aeronautical Corporation; Municipal Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Seller: Republic Aviation Corporation; M. G. Veckman, Assistant Treasurer.
1946-11-29 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-502) #278331
Purchaser: Mid-West Air Transport, Inc.; Municipal Airport, Evansville, Indiana.
Seller: Roscoe Turner Aeronautical Corporation; Municipal Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana.
1946-11-29 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-502) #278332
Purchaser: William Toy and Paul Langston; 1015 McArthur Circle, Evansville, Indiana.
Seller: Mid-West Air Transport, Inc.; Municipal Airport, Evansville, Indiana.
Signed Jerome S. Leeds, President.
1946-11-29 Application for Registration of Aircraft (Form ACA-501):
William Toy; 1015 McArthur Circle, Evansville, Indiana.
Paul Langston; 909 Stanley Avenue, Evansville, Indiana.
1947-01-15 Registration Certificate (Form ACA-500 Part A) No: 87459 issued to:
William W. Toy & Paul Langston; 1015 McArthur Circle, Evansville, Indiana.
1947-02-05 Repair And Alteration Form - Aircraft-Engines-Propellers-Instruments (Form ACA 337)
Owner: William Toy; Gulfport, Mississippi.
Agency: J. Paul Fletcher; Ser-V-Air; Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Date of repair/alteration: 1947-02-05.

Stringer on inside of right side of baggage compartment was loose due to rivets shearing in skin-angle brackets being broken.

Replaced angle brackets with .040 pure clad using 1/8" AD rivets in face of stinger, 5/32" on side next to skin. This part failed and sheared 3, 1/8" AD rivets in skin.  Angle brackets also failed.

All parts replaced primed and painted.

Supervising mechanic: J. Paul Fletcher (A&E #1714400), 1947-02-05.

1947-03-11 Accident.  Damage to hull left side.  Repaired (se 1947-03-17).
1947-03-17 Repair And Alteration Form 
- Aircraft-Engines-Propellers-Instruments
(Form ACA 337)
Owner: Little Clipper Flying Service: Bilaxi, Mississippi.
Agency: SER-V-AIR; Marion F. Parkinson; Pascagoula, Miss.
Date of repair/alteration: 1947-03-17.

Aircraft repaired du to accident on date of 3-11-47 (1947-03-11), the following repairs were completed in accordance to CAA CAM-18; replaced 10 (ten) AD3/16" rivets, after removing sheared AD-5/32" rivets in bulkhead channel #1 under pilots compartment in hull on left side.  Replaced 4 (four) AD-3/16" rivets on right side of hull on corresponding member (#1) of hull.  Aircraft approved for flight.

Supervising mechanic: J. Paul Fletcher (A&E #1714400), 1947-03-17.
1947-12-18 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305):
Annual inspection.
Owner: William W. Toy; 1 700 Central Courts, Gulfport, Mississippi.
Mechanic: Stanley R. Jones (A&E #466282), 1948-01-18 
Signed by CAA inspector:  Fred N. Harms, 1948-02-10.
1947-12-18 Repair And Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments) (Form ACA-337)
Owner: William W. Toy; 1700 Central Courts #3, Gulfport, Mississippi.
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F, Serial No: 23006
Propeller:
Hub HC-12x20-2, Serial No: 210
Blade L8427, Serial No: 59478-3
Blade L8427, Serial No: 59421-2
Agency:
Hartzell; Flynt, Ohio (Work accomplished: 1947-12-18).
Franklin Aircooled: Syracuse, New York (Work accomplished: 1947-12-18).
S. R. Hones (A&E#466282); Gulfport, Miss. (Work accomplished: 1948-01-29).

Factory overhauled engine Ser. #23006 installed.
Factory overhauled propeller Ser. #210 installed.
The following work accomplished to aircraft in accordance with Manual 18.
Inspection plate installed under side each wing at strut fitting.  Plates put on with plate nuts giving equal strength as original skin.  New upper wing strut fittings installed, factory furnished.

Signature of Supervising Mechanic: Stanley R. Jones, A&E #466282, 1948-01-30.
Signature of Inspector: Fred N. Harms, 1948-02-12.

1949-03-21 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Part C) #461595:
Purchaser: William W. Toy; 1700 Central Court, Gulf Port, Mississippi.
Seller: William Toy and Paul Langston.
Signed: 1949-05-02.
1949-03-22 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Part C) #461596:
Purchaser: Robert L. Hall; Box 1197, Kodiak, Alaska.
Seller: William W. Toy.
1949-03-22 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Part B):
Robert L. Hall; Box 1197, Kodiak, Alaska.
1949-03-23 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305):
Annual inspection.
Owner: Robert L. Hall; Box 1197, Kodiak, Alaska. (Signed 1949-03-24).
Mechanic: William W. Toy (A&E #1063295) 
Signed by CAA inspector: ? (unreadable) , 1949-03-23
1949-04-26 Chattel Mortgage #468341
For the sum of $5,500,00.
Mortgagee: Bank of Kodiak
Mortgager: Robert L. Hall
Released 1949-09-17 #504182
1949-06-03 Certificate of Registration (Form ACA-500.1 Part A) No: N 87459 issued to:
Robert L. Hall; Box 1197, Kodiak, Alaska.
1950-04-12 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305):
Annual inspection.
Owner: David Henley; Box 603, Kodiak, Alaska.
Signed by designee: 
Signed by CAA safety agent: Gilbert T. Flynt, 1950-04-12.
1950-12-16 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Part C) #533944:
Purchaser: Matanuska Air Trading Service; PO Box 825, Palmer, Alaska.
Seller: Robert L. Hall.
1950-12-16 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Part B):
Matanuska Air Trading Service; PO Box 825, Palmer, Alaska.
Signed: A. K. Dickow, Assistant Manager.
1951-01-03 Certificate of Registration (Form ACA-500 Part A) No: N 87459 issued to:
Matanuska Air Trading Service; PO Box 825, Palmer, Alaska.
1951-07-05 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305):
Annual inspection.
Owner: Matanuska Air Trading Service; PO Box 825, Palmer, Alaska.
Earl T. Brown, Manager.
Signed by designee: A. K. Dickow (#8237), 1951-07-05.
Signed by CAA safety agent: ? Burke, 1951-07-10.
1952-03-01 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Part C) #596285:
Purchaser: Motor Inn Body Shop: PO Box 2001, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Seller: Matanuska Air Trading Service; PO Box 825, Palmer, Alaska.
Signed: Earl T. Brown, Partner.
NO DATE Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Part B):
Motor Inn Body Shop: PO Box 2001, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Signed: Randy Voigt, Owner.
1952-06-16 Certificate of Registration (Form ACA-500.1 Part A) No: N 87459 issued to:
Motor Inn Body Shop: PO Box 2001, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1953-04-09 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Part C) #638726:
Purchaser: Billy M. Hodges; 58th Strat Recon Sq., Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Seller: Motor Inn Body Shop. Signed: Randy Voigt.
Price given: $1,800.00.
1953-04-10 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Part B):
Billy M. Hodges; 58th Strat Recon Sq., Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1953-04-10 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305):
Annual inspection.
Owner: Billy M. Hodges; 58th Strat Recon Sq., Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Signed by agent: James H. Bennett, 1953-04-10.
1953-04-10 Aircraft Inspection Report (Form ACA-305a)
Aircraft total hours: 400
Engine serial no: 23294
Engine total hours: 400
Signed by CAA safety agent: Eugene P. Eubank, Jr. (#8-580-2), 1953-10-04.
1953-05-19 Certificate of Registration (Form ACA-500.1 Part A) No: N 87459 issued to:
Billy M. Hodges; 58th Strat Recon Sq., Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1954-08-14 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305):
Annual inspection.
Owner: Billy M. Hodges; 58th Strat Recon Sq., Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Signed by agent: Jas. T. Hutchison, Sr. (#8211), 1954-08-14.
1954-08-14 Aircraft Inspection Report (Form ACA-305a)
Aircraft total hours: 429:30
Engine serial no: 23079
Engine total hours: 75:00
Mechanic: (A&E #105803)
Approved by CAA designee: Jas. T. Hutchison, Sr. (#8211), 1954-08-14.
Signed by CAA safety agent: Eugene P. Eubank, Jr. (#AN5-200), 1954-10-06.
1954-08-14 Certificate of Airworthiness (Form ACA-1362) issued. (Not in FAA File).
Expired date: 1955-08-14.
1954-11-26 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Part C) #734312:
Purchaser: Donald W. Hess & Leroy W. Hartje; 1041 Pedro Street, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Seller: Billy M. Hodges.
Price given: $1,800.00.
1955-03-16 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Part B):
Donald W. Hess & Leroy W. Hartje; 1041 Pedro Street, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1955-03-24 Certificate of Registration (Form ACA-500 Part A) No: N 87459 issued to:
Donald W. Hess & Leroy W. Hartje; 1041 Pedro Street, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1956-03-17 Major Repair And Alteration Form (Airframe, Powerplant, Propeller or Appliance) (Form ACA-337)
Owner: Donald W. Hess & Leroy W. Hartje; Fairbanks, Alaska.
Agency: J. G. Leadingham; 1019 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska. (A&E #325612)

Relocated engine & prop controls (throttle, mixture & pitch) from instrument panel to overhead cluster installation.

Removed square type oil cooler (item 102) and installed round type oil cooler (item 104).

Installed electrical impulse type fuel booster pump, located in baggage compartment, four use in ground starting.

Approved by CAA designee: 1956-04-24.
Approved by CAA safety agent: 1956-07-10.
1956-04-20 Application For Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft (Form ACA-305)
Annual inspection.
Owners: Donald W. Hess; 1041 Pedro Street, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Co-owner: Leroy W. Hartje.
1956-04-20 Aircraft Inspection Report (Form ACA-305a)
Aircraft total hours: 465.40
Engine Serial No: 23079
Engine total hours: 113:10
C of A, Form ACA-1362, issued to expire 1957-04-20.
Designee signature: Jarud T. Hutchinson (#8211), 1956-04-20.
Aviation Safety Agent's Signature: Alfred K. Young, 1956-06-14.
1957-01-10 Certificate of Airworthiness (Form ACA-1362) issued.
CAA Representative: Albert L. Mueller.
1957-01-10 Standard Airworthiness Certificate (FAA Form 810-2) issued (EXCHANGE).
FAA Representative: P. C. Hoisington (#5-0-61).
1957-01-29 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Part C) #839232:
Purchaser:  John G. Ledingham; 1019 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Seller: Donald W. Hess & Leroy W. Hartje.
Price given: $1,800.00.
1957-01-30 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Part B):
John G. Ledingham; 1019 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1957-02-21 Certificate of Registration (Form ACA-500 Part A) No: N 87459 issued to:
John G. Ledingham; 1019 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1967-11-03 Aircraft Bill of Sale:
Purchaser: Charles F. Van de Water; Box 11-D, FPO Seattle 98790.
Seller: John G. Ledingham.
Conveyance Recorded 1968-05-23 FAA #T22743 
1968-05-06 Application For Aircraft Registration (FAA AC Form 8051-1) N 87459:
Charles F. Van de Water; PO Box 216, North Pole, Alaska 99705.
1968-05-23 C of R issued. (?).
1973-10-04 Aircraft Bill of Sale (FAA AC Form 8050-2):
Purchaser: Robert E. and/or Zella Jean Richardson; Box 80-711, College, Alaska 99701.
Seller: Charles F. Van de Water.
Conveyance Recorded 1974-01-24 FAA # N84780 
1974-01-04 Aircraft Registration Application (FAA AC Form 8050-1):
Robert E. and/or Zella Jean Richardson; Box 80-711, College, Alaska 99701.
1974-01-24 C of R issued.
1974-08-14 Major Repair And Alteration (Airframe, Powerplant. Propeller, or Appliance), (FAA Form 337).
Owner: Robert E. Richardson / Zella Jean Richardson; Box 80-711, College, Alaska 99701.
Agency: Robert E. Richardson; Box 80-711, College, Alaska 99701. (A&P #1485762).
Installed overhead throttle, mixture and prop control.  Quadrant from an old fighter.
Approved by FAA Representative: P. C. Hoisington (AAL FSDO #5-0-61) 1974-08-15.
1974-08-14 Major Repair And Alteration (Airframe, Powerplant. Propeller, or Appliance), (FAA Form 337).
Owner: Robert E. Richardson / Zella Jean Richardson; Box 80-711, College, Alaska 99701.
Agency: Robert E. Richardson; Box 80-711, College, Alaska 99701. (A&P#1485762).

Aircraft disassembled, wings and tail assemblies removed, engine removed, all interior of aircraft removed.  Fuel tanks were removed.  All paint removed from fuselage and wing and tail assemblies.  Corrosion control methods were followed as outlined in Chapter 6 AC43-13-1.  Then the inside was painted with zinc cromate.  Hull was water checked for leaks.  Landing gear removed, new seals installed, gear re-installed on the aircraft and retraction tests made.  New overhauled engine was installed.  New interior installed, instruments, and radios were installed.  Fuel tank was checked and re-installed.

The wings were extended, as per STC SA1-18, also installed the Daubenspeck Droop Wing Tip D-1, STC SA238 GWE.  Aircraft re-assembled, painted and weighed.  Weight and balance computed and entered on proper forms, also listed in the aircraft log books.
1976-06-07 Aircraft Bill of Sale (FAA AC Form 8050-2):
Purchaser: Gerald O. Claus; PO Box 261, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707.
Seller: Robert E. Richardson / Zella Jean Richardson.
Conveyance Recorded 1976-06-17 FAA # F91517 
1976-06-08 Aircraft Registration Application (FAA AC Form 8050-1):
Gerald O. Claus; McGrath Rd. & Steese Hwy., Fairbanks, Alaska 99707.
1976-06-17 C of R issued.
1977-05-17 Aircraft Bill of Sale (FAA AC Form 8050-2):
Purchaser: Ward H. Sattler; Box 465, Bethel, Alaska 99559.
Seller: Gerald O. Claus.
Conveyance Recorded 1976-08-11 FAA # T78378 
1977-05-17 Aircraft Registration Application (FAA AC Form 8050-1):
Ward H. Sattler; Box 465, Bethel, Alaska 99559.
1977-07-23 Major Repair And Alteration (Airframe, Powerplant. Propeller, or Appliance), (FAA Form 337).
Owner: Ward Sattler; PO Box 465, Bethel, Alaska 99559.
Agency: Washington Aircraft, Inc.; 7201 Perimeter Road, Boeing Field. Seattle, Washington 98108.
Installed Bendix RT-241 and RN 242A Nav/Comm, IN 244A Nav Indicator and ADF T12C ADF Receiver, 2321 Loop Antenna, Narco MK-3 Nav/Comm and KA-17 Whip sense antenna and AD3 Diplexer.
Approved 1977-07-23.
1977-08-11 C of R issued.
1979-09-10 Aircraft Bill of Sale (FAA AC Form 8050-2):
Purchaser: James D. Herrick / Patty L. Herrick; SRA Box 1506 H, Anchorage, Alaska 99507.
Seller: Ak. USA F. C. U. / Loan Officer. Signed 1979-10-29.
Conveyance Recorded 1979-12-05 FAA # Q92352 
1979-09-10 Aircraft Registration Application (FAA AC Form 8050-1):
James D. Herrick / Patty L. Herrick; SRA Box 1506 H, Anchorage, Alaska 99507.
1979-12-05 C of R issued.
1980-01-12 Assignment of Special Registration Marks (FAA AC Form 8050-64)
Special Registration Marks "N600PJ" authorized.  To be returned to FAA within 5 days after the special registration number was painted on the aircraft.
1981-06-01 Letter fro DoT Federal Aviation Administration
Subject: Assignment of special registration marks
Special Registration Marks "N600PJ" authorized.  To be returned to FAA within 5 days after the special registration number was painted on the aircraft.
(x) The special registration mark WILL NOT BE USED on this aircraft.
Signed: Howard J. Knutson (no date)
Note: "87459 RETAIN #change canceled" Stamped: 062581 (1981-06-25)
1981-02-17 Aircraft Bill of Sale (FAA AC Form 8050-2):
Purchaser: Howard J. Knutson; Chitina, Alaska 99566.
Seller: James D. Herrick / Patty L. Herrick.
Conveyance Recorded 1982-07-29 FAA #S29550. 
1981-02-17 Aircraft Registration Application (FAA AC Form 8050-1):
Howard J. Knutson; Chitina, Alaska 99566.
1982-07-29 C of R issued.
1983-05-31 Aircraft Bill of Sale (FAA AC Form 8050-2):
Purchaser: Gordon J. Krist; PO Box 110304, Anchorage, Alaska 99511.
Seller: Howard J. Knutson; Chitina, Alaska 99566.
Conveyance Recorded 1983-08-29 FAA #255820. 
1983-06-06 Aircraft Registration Application (FAA AC Form 8050-1):
Gordon J. Krist; PO Box 110304, Anchorage, Alaska 99511.
1983-08-29 C of R issued.
1984-08-12 Skwentna, Alaska: During cruise, pilot was troubleshooting rhythmic power interruption (missing) when fire broke out in the engine compartment.  Pilot headed for airport, gear down, but elected to make a precautionary landing off airport when the fire intensified.  Landing gear sheared in heavy brush on touchdown.  Pilot stated that the aircraft had considerable maintenance performed on the engine 1.5 hours prior to this flight but there were no log book entries of work performed.  Qualifications/certification of maintenance person cited as performing work are undetermined.  Aircraft was destroyed by post-landing fire, negating precise finding of original fire source/cause.

Both people aboard the Seabee were uninjured.

NTSB Identification: AMC84LA133

NO DATE Deregistration of United States Civil Aircraft - Aircraft Accident Notice (FAA AC Form 8050-17-1):
The above aircraft has been reported totally destroyed.  
Date of Accident: 840812
The above registration is to be canceled for the reason checked below:
(x) Totally destroyed
1986-09-24 Triennial Aircraft Registration Report (FAA AC Form 8050-73)
N87459, Serial Number 9, FAA Code 3080202
Gordon J Krist; PO Box 110304, Anchorage, Alaska 99511
Cancellation of registration requested:
(x) 2. Aircraft destroyed/scrapped
Signed G. Krist 1986-10-13
1987-02-24 Deregistration of United States Civil Aircraft (FAA AC Form 8050-17):
The above registration is to be canceled for the reason checked below:
(x) Totally destroyed or scrapped
Form stamped "DESTROYED"
Officially cancelled: 1987-02-24
Records adjusted accordingly: 1987-03-02
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry File.

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