REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 189

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Iowa, USA
07 June 2010
Photo: Eric Fritz via Brent Taylor

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 189
Manufacturing Date: 1946-12-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Extended wings, wide spray rails, disc brakes.
Mode S codes: 51747223 / A7CE93
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
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1946-12-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-12-?? Test flight.
1946-12-06 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Taynor-Harris Aviation Service; Champaign, Illinois.
   
   
????-??-?? Herbert Maas; Zion, Illinois.
1998-03-16 Henry W. Scheffner; 20611 Spring Street, Union Grove, WI 53182-9580.
1999-11-18 Allen K. Young; HC 2 Box 4264, Sandia, TX 78938-9409.
2008-05-22 Donated to Air Power Museum by Allen K. Young.  At that date the Seabee was hangared at airport in Charles City, Iowa.
2008-06-12 Airpower Museum Inc.; 22001 Bluegrass Road, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501-8569, USA.
Restoration started at Charles City Airport (CCY), Indiana, by APM volunteers.
2009-09-19 Taxi tests at Charles City Airport (CCY), Iowa.  Tail wheel tube and tire failure.
2010-05-22 Test run at Charles City airport (CCY), Iowa.
2010-06-06 Ferry flight from Charles City Airport, Iowa, to Oskaloosa Airport, Iowa.  Pilot: Brent Taylor.
2010-06-07 Ferry flight from Oskaloosa Airport, Iowa to Ottumwa Industrial Airport, Iowa.  Pilot: Brent Taylor.
2010-06-30 Ferry flight from Ottumwa Industrial Airport, Iowa, to new home base at Antique Airfield, Iowa.
2010-07-18 At a little after 5am an apparent tornado touched down at Antique Airfield, Iowa, and the APM's Republic "Seabee" was wrenched from it's tie downs, flipped over and destroyed.

To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. A dedicated team of volunteers had just spent two years traveling to, working on and funding an effort to return A. K. Young's generous donation to flying status. We had just flown the "Bee" into Antique Airfield on June 30th with an amassed flying time of three hours since it's return to flying status. The process of re-arranging the museum hangars, to be able to display the "Bee", was also underway.

2010-??-?? Wreck and parts sold by insurance company (?) to Randall Clayton Jarman (Randall Clayton Aircraft Parts); Mesa, Arizona.  The complete wreck and parts were offered for sale at USD 8,000.-. Republic RC-3 SN 189 with 1193.6 TT. Franklin 6A8-B8F with 405.6 SMOH. Hartzell 2 bladed prop (wear on blade from transport).
2011-09-22 Russell E. McDonald; 5080 State Route 28, Rock Island, Washington 98850-9564.
   
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry.
Brent Taylor.
www.antiqueairfield.com 
Franco Zanaboni.

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