|Manufacturer:||Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.|
|Type Certificate No:||A-769|
Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
(2) Lycoming IGSO-480 (Simuflight)
wings, extended spray rails.
Restored and modified by Kenair (Ken Thompson).
Mode S Code 51475345
|1947-07-09||Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Turgeon Flying Service; Inc., Northbrook, Illinois, USA.|
Republic Seabee airplane N6717K trade-in for one PA-22 Piper Tri-Pacer Super Custom airplane, for University of Illinois; Institute of Aviation, Illini Airport, Urbana, Illinois.
|????-??-??||Ed Clark; 13004 Yukon Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250, USA.|
|1998-??-??||Cancelled from US CAR.|
Dr. Darrell L. Davey; 6613 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012-5672, USA.
|1999-09-22||A/W Date. Restoration and conversion completed.|
|2005-03-29||Dr. Davey perished in the crash/ditching of his Cessna T337E, N1711M. Only a few minutes after TO from Blakely Island Airport (38WA) both engines stopped and an emergency landing was made on sea near Orcas Island. Both Dr. Davey and the passenger, Mr. Jesse VanGolen, escaped, but had to struggle in the cold water. Sadly, Dr. Davey was dead when the rescue arrived some 40 minutes later. Passenger survived.|
|2006-01-17||Frank E. Hublou; 2600 E Graves Lane # H26, Carson City, NV 89706-0709,
Tel: (775) 882-3221
sank into Lake Tahoe, near Burnt Cedar Beach.
Frank Hublou and John Schottenheimer were thankful to walk away after Hublou’s 1946 Republic Seabee seaplane flipped over and sank into Lake Tahoe Thursday.
“I never thought something like this could happen,” Hublou
“We had just been tooling around for about 20 or thirty minutes
and I was sitting in the water when I noticed my left pontoon (right
from a frontal-view of the plane) was sitting a little lower in the
water than the other,” Hublou said. “And as I looked at the pontoon
it kept going down and then it kinked. At that point it opened up like a
can and started taking on water.”
The airplane was rebuilt and highly modified in 2001 to its current configuration by Ken Thompson of KenAire. Some of the major modifications were the addition of wing tip extensions, a Lycoming IGSO-480 340 HP engine, new radios, new interior, new paint, and numerous modifications that make this one of the best airplane in existence today. The previous owner spent well over $185,000 on the restoration.
Exterior: Gray with Red Strips (9 out of 10).
Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Register.