REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 71

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CF-EJE Photo: Grant Stephens

CF-EJE
British Columbia, Canada
Photo: courtesy Grant Stephens

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: Republic RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 71
Manufacturing Date: 1946-10-??
Engine: (1) Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
(2) Robinson LS-6 V8 engine conversion.
Remarks:  
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
CF-EJE 1946-10-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-10-?? Test flight.
1946-10-13 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd.; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1946 - 1950 Used as the personal demonstrator Seabee by Seabee distributor Earl MacLeod, owner of MacLeod Aircraft.  Also flown by demonstrator pilot Will Davies.
1950-??-?? Jack Leggatt (editor of "Sport Flying" Magazine).
1951-??-?? Gordon Christopher; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
It was intended to be used to fly his family to their summer cabin on Savory Island about 100 miles north of Vancouver.
1951-??-?? Dr. Art Nash; Victoria Flying Club, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

He changed the engine from the original B8F to the B9F model with the split ignition system and the larger bearings allowing for higher RPM to be available in reverse mode. At some point the 24 inch wing extensions were added.

1969-??-?? Victor Stephens and Grant Stephens; 1591 Dingwall Road, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 3S8, Canada.
1985-08-19 C of R cancelled.
1985-10-17 Michael Bradshaw; 19573 Somerset Drive, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia V3Y 2L5, Canada
1989-11-07 C of R issued.
(2005) Robinson V8 engine conversion planned.
2006-08-16 Care of: Don Bradshaw; 752 - 11731 Baynes Road North, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia V3Y 2B3, Canada.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
Canadian Aircraft Register.
Grant Stephens.

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