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Photo: © courtesy of Jean-Louis Bleneau


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 50
Manufacturing Date: 1946-08-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S codes: 53004346 / AC08E6
Reg. No. Date Remarks
1946-08-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-08-?? Test flight.
1946-09-17 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Rankin Aviation Industries; Tulare, California, USA.
1966-05-10 C of R issued to:
Robert D. Leverich; 6004 North Palo Verde, Lakewood, CA 90712.
1967-10-20 Bill of Sale. Sold to:
Universal Television (a Division of Universal City Studios Inc.); Universal City, CA.
C of R was never issued.

The Seabee was probably used in a scene in TV-movie "Wings of Fire", 1967.

1967-11-01 Universal advised the FAA that it was purchased in connection with a motion picture, adding:

"The motion picture use of said aircraft involved the total demolition of the plane, including fuselage and engine. Would you please therefore cancel the registration of said plane.”

1967-11-02 Cancelled from FAA Registry. “Accident” & “Dismantled or salvaged” & “At the request of Owner”.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry.
Jean-Lois Bleneau.
Barry Collman.

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