REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 205

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N6030K Andrew Flying Service Photo wanted!

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AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: Republic RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 205
Manufacturing Date: 1946-11-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks:  
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
N6030K 1946-11-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-11-?? Test flight.
1947-01-23 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Andrew Flying Service, Ltd.; Honolulu, Hawaii.
  Still actively in existence in 1966 was the pioneer private flying service started in 1932, Andrew Flying Service.  Olen Andrew officially retired from Aloha Airlines in 1964 and once again began flying with the company bearing his name.

One of the Andrews’ distinctive services was regular flights to the isolated settlement on Molokai, started in 1946 when Marguerite Gambo went to the mainland. 

Twice-daily flights were made, and once on Sundays, bringing to that community perishable items and other useful articles that cannot be brought in otherwise.  (A barge makes only three visits a year). 

In 1964 Andrew remarked, “We deliver anything to the people there—food, mail, the morning paper, the afternoon paper, laundry, refrigerators, Christmas trees, just about anything that will fit in an airplane.”   

In 1966, Andrew sold the airline to Sky Tours Hawaii.              

Excerpted from the book Above the Pacific by William J. Horvat, 1966.  

http://hawaii.gov/hawaiiaviation/hawaii-commercial-aviation/andrew-flying-service

   
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
RAC Seabee Export List 1948-11-15.
Air Britain "Archive" 1981 No. 3/4.
FAA Aircraft Registry.

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