REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 147

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CF-DLN

CF-DLN
Stittsville, Ontario, Canada
July 2022
Photo: Chase Reimer

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 147
Manufacturing Date: 1946-11-15
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
S/N: 23155.
S/N: 23140.
Remarks: Mode S codes:
53006130 / AC0C58 (N87579)

Canadiana Heritage Reel # T-7945 (image 1150 thru 1173).
Canada CAR File # 5008-D12-14 (5008-DLN).

 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC87579 1946-10-15 Application for Registration of Aircraft, CAA Form ACA-501:
Applicant: Associated Aviation Incorporated; Hangar #4, Lunken Airport, Cincinnati 26, Ohio.
Signed: John P. Roach, President.
1946-11-11 Weight and Balance Data: Weight Empty - Actual: 2181.0 lbs.
1946-11-12 Statement of Conformity, CAA Form ACA 317, issued by Republic Aviation Corporation ... 147 has been manufactured in conformity with the data forming the basis for Type Certificate No. 769 Tentative...
[Signed M. E. Barzelay, Design Engineer].
1946-11-15 Manufacturing Date.
1946-11-?? Test flight.
1946-11-18 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, CAA Form ACA-305.
Owner: Associated Aviation Incorporated; Hangar #4, Lunken Airport, Cincinnati 26, Ohio.
Engine Serial No: 23155.
1946-11-18 Airworthiness Certificate No: 87579, CAA Form ACA 305-A, issued.
1946-11-18 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-502:
Purchaser: Associated Aviation Incorporated; Hangar #4, Lunken Airport, Cincinnati 26, Ohio.
Seller: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, New York; M. G. Veckman, Assistant Treasurer.
1946-11-18 Aircraft Registration Certificate No. 87578, CAA Form ACA 500-A, issued to:
Associated Aviation Incorporated; Hangar #4, Lunken Airport, Cincinnati 26, Ohio.
1946-11-19 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Associated Aviation Inc.; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
1946-11-20 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-502:
Purchaser: Air City Flying Service, Inc.; c/o Dayton Airways, Dayton Municipal Airport, Box 133, Vandalia, Ohio.
Seller: Associated Aviation Incorporated; Vincent J. Roach, Secretary.
1946-11-20 Application for Registration of Aircraft, CAA Form ACA-501:
Applicant: Air City Flying Service, Inc.; c/o Dayton Airways, Dayton Municipal Airport, Box 133, Vandalia, Ohio.
1946-12-12 Aircraft Registration Certificate No. 87578, CAA Form ACA 500-A, issued to:
Air City Flying Service, Inc.; c/o Dayton Airways, Dayton Municipal Airport, Box 133, Vandalia, Ohio.
1948-05-?? Ohio River: "In an accident of our Seabee going into the Ohio River all of the aircraft registration papers were lost". (Letter from Dayton Airways, Inc. - H. Gerald Chatterton, President, to CAA, dated May 26, 1948).
1948-06-24 Repair And Alteration Form, Form ACA-337:
Owner: Air City Flying Service, Inc.; c/o Dayton Airways, Dayton Municipal Airport, Box 133, Vandalia, Ohio.
Agency: Cincinnati Aircraft Service Inc.; Lunken Airport, Cincinnati 26, Ohio.

Major overhaul engine, Magnaflux all steel parts, Zyglo inspect aluminum parts. Install 6 new pistons, rings, bearings, overhaul magnetos, fuel pumps, carburetor, starter and generator. Install propeller after overhaul by manufacturer. Disassemble entire plane, wash mud from interior end exterior, clean out hydraulic system. Install new radio and instruments. Replace float socket in right wing. Install new channel over left rear wing attachment fitting. Replace upholstering. Install left door assmbly.

1949-09-13 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500, Part C:
Purchaser: Charles W. Tucker; 1409 Arbor Avenue, Dayton, Ohio.
Seller: Air City Flying Service, Inc.; H. Gerald Chatterton, President.
1949-09-13 Application for Registration, CAA Form ACA-500, Part B:
Applicant: Charles W. Tucker; 1409 Arbor Avenue, Dayton, Ohio.
1949-09-20 Certificate of Registration, CAA Form ACA-500, Part A, issued to:
Charles W. Tucker; 1409 Arbor Avenue, Dayton, Ohio.
1949-10-01 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, CAA Form ACA-305.
Owner: Charles W. Tucker; 1409 Arbor Avenue, Dayton 10, Ohio.
Annual inspection.
1949-11-01 Repair And Alteration Form, Form ACA-337:
Owner: Charles W. Tucker; 1409 Arbor Avenue, Dayton 10, Ohio.
Agency: Richland Aviation Inc.; Municipal Airport, Mansfield, Ohio.

Steerable Tail Wheel Item No. 203.(b) installed.
New empty weight: 2192 lbs.

1950-09-28 Application for Airworthiness Certificate And/Or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft, CAA Form ACA-305.
Owner: Charles W. Tucker; 1409 Arbor Avenue, Dayton, Ohio.
Annual inspection.
1950-12-18 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500, Part C:
Purchaser: Skyways, Inc.; Dayton Municipal Airport, Box 175, Vandalia, Ohio.
Seller: Charles W. Tucker.
1950-12-18 Application for Registration, CAA Form ACA-500, Part B:
Applicant: Skyways, Inc.; Dayton Municipal Airport, PO Box 175, Vandalia, Ohio.
1951-01-03 Certificate of Registration, CAA Form ACA-500, Part A, issued to:
Dayton Municipal Airport, Box 175, Vandalia, Ohio.
1951-04-30 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500, Part C:
Purchaser: Nelson Travis; 65 East Chicago, Quincy, Michigan.
Seller: Skyways, Inc.
1951-04-30 Application for Registration, CAA Form ACA-500, Part B:
Nelson Travis; 65 East Chicago, Quincy, Michigan.
1951-06-04 Certificate of Registration, CAA Form ACA-500.1, Part A, issued to:
Nelson Travis; 65 East Chicago, Quincy, Michigan.
1951-06-10 Repair And Alteration Form, Form ACA-337:
Owner: Nelson Travis; 65 East Chicago, Quincy, Michigan.
Agency: D. E. Mollenkopf; 144 N. Hudson Street, Coldwater, Michigan.

Replaced front left hand bulkhead in the hull. Replaced right hand float strut fitting in right wing. New factory parts used.

1951-06-10 Application for Airworthiness Certificate And/Or Annual Inspection of An Aircraft, CAA Form ACA-305.
Owner: Nelson Travis; 65 East Chicago, Quincy, Michigan.
Agency: D. E. Mollenkopf; 144 N. Hudson Street, Coldwater, Michigan.
Annual inspection.
1951-06-29 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500, Part C:
Purchaser: (DEALER) Vest Aircraft & Finance Company; 4600 Dahlia Street, Denver, Colorado.
Seller: Nelson Travis.
1951-07-16 Dealer's Aircraft Registration Certificate issued to:
Vest Aircraft & Finance Company; 4600 Dahlia Street, Denver, Colorado.
1955-04-05 Aircraft Status Request from CAA to Vest Aircraft & Finance Company:
[x] The aircraft has been permanently retired from service.
Signed: Vest Aircraft Co.; Repair & Parts Division, Box 5306 - Terminal Annex, Denver 15, Colorado.
1955-10-13 Aircraft Status Change, Form ACA 195:
Registered owner: Vest Aircraft & Finance Co.
Canceled for reason checked below:
[x] Permanently retired from service.

Cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register.

1958-11-12 Canadian CAE gave the owner of MSN 69 - CF-DKN, Mr. Robert Wilton, permission to replace the damaged hull of #69 with another hull, MSN 147, imported from USA. MSN 69 had been "damaged beyond economical repair" in an accident on 1958-08-24.
1960-08-17 Memorandum from DoT Toronto Regional Office to A.D.M.A., Ottawa:

The owner has just written this office and requested a transfer of the former registration CF-DLN to this new hull. Before this aircraft is formally registered, we will ensure that the former registration on hull (Serial No. 69) has been cancelled.

1960-08-22
Letter from Bach-Simpson Limited; 1255 Brydges Street, London, Ontario, to CAA, Washington, D.C., USA:

An extensive repair and rebuild operation involving a Republic Aviation RC-3 Aircraft has recently been carried out here in Canada, and it is now desired that this aircraft obtain Canadian Registration.

Since an American hull is involved in the project, it appears necessary that before formal registration can be proceeded with in this country, we will require confirmation from the C.A.A. in the United States that the hull in question, last registered in the United States, has had the registration covering it cancelled.

The following data applies:
Type of aircraft - Republic Seabee Model RC-3, Serial No. 147
License Number - #87579
Date Manufactured - 11/15/46

I will greatly appreciate a communication from you in which the exact status of the former registration number on this particular aircraft is set forth.

Sincerely yours,
BACH-SIMPSON LIMITED
R. Wilton

CF-DLN 1960-08-23 Registered on Canadian Civil Aircraft Register.
Robert Wilton; Bach-Simpson Limited; 1255 Brydges Street, London, Ontario.
1960-09-12 Letter from Bach-Simpson Limited; 1255 Brydges Street, London, Ontario, to CAA, Washington, D.C., USA, requesting reply to letter of 1960-08-22.
1960-09-22 Letter from Bach-Simpson Limited; 1255 Brydges Street, London, Ontario, to Aircraft & Airman Records Branch, FAA, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, requesting reply to letter of 1960-08-22.
1960-09-29 Letter from FAA, Aircraft and Airman Records Branch to Bach-Simpson Limited confirming that Seabee Serial No. 147, Registration No. N87579, was cancelled from FAA Aircraft Registry on October 13, 1955.
1960-11-01 Letter of Temporary C of R and C of A from DoT/Air Services, CAD, to Mr. R. Wilton. Flight permit for test flying. Valid until December 1, 1960.
1960-11-23 Letter of Authority; Temporary C of R and C of A from DoT/CAD Air Services, to Robert Wilton; 133 Bloomfield Drive, London, Ontario. Not valid after January 23rd, 1961.
(undated) Application For Registration Of An Aircraft:
Aircraft is to be registered as; [x] PRIVATE.
Proposed base of Operation: Crumlin Airport, London, Ontario.
Owner of the aircraft: Robert Wilton; 133 Bloomfield Drive, London, Ontario.
1960-12-20 C of R # 25369 issued to:
Robert Wilton; 133 Bloomfield Drive, London, Ontario.
1960-12-20 C of A # 8554 issued, not valid after 1961-11-06. 
1961-11-06 Application For Renewal Of Certificate Of Airworthiness:
Hours flown since new: 146:55. Since overhaul: 10:05.
Engine: 6A8-215-B8F, S/N: 23140, Hours run since new: 824:00.
Hours since complete overhaul: 221:05.
Applicant: R. Wilton.
1961-11-10 C of A # 8554 renewed, not valid after 1962-11-06. 
1962-11-01 Application For Renewal Of Certificate Of Airworthiness:
Hours flown since new: 300:45. Since overhaul: 163:55.
Engine: 6A8-215-B8F, S/N: 23140, Hours run since new: 835:10.
Hours since complete overhaul: 235:10.
Applicant: R. Wilton.
1962-11-13 Letter of Authority: Temporary C of R and C of A from DoT/CAB Air Services, to Robert Wilton; 133 Bloomfield Drive, London, Ontario. Not valid after December 13th, 1962.
1962-12-05 C of A # 8554 renewed, not valid after 1963-11-06. 
1963-07-15 Application For Renewal Of Certificate Of Airworthiness:
Hours flown since new: 170:50. Since overhaul: 34:00.
Engine: 6A8-215-B8F, S/N: 23140, Hours run since new: 836:20.
Hours since complete overhaul: 236:10.
Applicant: R. Wilton.
1963-08-06 C of A # 8554 renewed, not valid after 1964-07-19. 
(undated) Application For Registration Of An Aircraft:
Aircraft is to be registered as; [x] PRIVATE.
Proposed base of Operation: Toronto, Ontario.
Owner of the aircraft: Canada Foundries & Forgings, Limited; Room 605, 68 Yonge Street, Toronto 1, Ontario.
J. D. Weir - President
J. S. Kerr - Exec. Vice-President
B. A. Howard - Vice-President
H. D. MacKay - Director
J. Campbell Q. C. - Director
C. Johnston - Director
C. Wardell - Director
H. Jacqs - Director
1963-08-07 C of R # 30799 issued to:
Canada Foundries & Forgings, Limited; Room 605, 68 Yonge Street, Toronto 1, Ontario.
1963-10-14 Lake Simcoe, Island Groves, Ontario (4420'N, 7928'W): On flight from Buttonville Airport to Lake Simcoe, Ontario, aircraft landed in lake with wheels down. Pilot: Barry Allen Howard (PPL # YZP-15016). Minor injuries to pilot. No injuries his three children (passengers). On landing he inadvertently selected "gear down" selector lever instead of "flaps down" selector lever. Aircraft was substantially damaged. [Accident Files No: 5002-2116].
1963-12-11 Memorandum from Toronto Regional Office to A.D.M.A., Ottawa, recommending that aircraft be removed from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register.
1963-12-17 Deleted from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register.
????-??-?? The Memorial Military Museum; c/o Harold Carlaw, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0, Canada. Tel: 705-653-4848

Fuselage stored outdoor for future restoration?

2022-07-09 Bill of Sale:
Purchaser: Chase Reimer; 24 Wendell Avenue, Stittsville, Ontario.
Seller: The Memorial Military Museum; c/o Harold Carlaw.
2022 Investigations confirm that fuselage #147 previously has been misidentified as Seabee #747, CF-FOY.

The Seabee is now under restoration by a group managed by Chase Reimer:

"The Seabee Project":
www.theseabeeproject.com
E-mail: theseabeeproject747@gmail.com

  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Barry Collman.
Canadiana Heritage website (www.heritage.canadiana.ca).
Chase Reimer.

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July 2022
Photo: Chase Reimer

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July 2022
Photo: Chase Reimer

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The Memorial Military Museum
Campbellford, Ontario, Canada
Photo: courtesy  Mike R. Henniger

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The Memorial Military Museum
Campbellford, Ontario, Canada
08 June 2006
Photo: courtesy  Mike R. Henniger

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