REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 261

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ZS-ORX (Photo: John Miller)

ZS-ORX
Outside Cape Town, South Africa
19 August 2004
Photo: John Miller - SA Flyer Magazine

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 261
Manufacturing Date: 1947-01-09
Engine: (1) Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
(2) Lycoming GSO-480 engine (340 HP) Simuflight conversion.
Remarks: Wide Spray Rails
Electric Bilge Pump
Droop Wing Tips
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6081K
N6081K
1947-01-09 Manufacturing Date.
1947-01-?? Test flight.
1947-01-18 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corp. to Ong Aircraft Corp., Kansas City, Montana, USA.
   
(1953) Baroid Sales Division; City National Bank Bldg., Houston 2, Texas, USA.
   
1993-10-27 Todd M. Underwood; P.O. Box 23, Foley, Alabama 36536, USA.
2000-05-30 Cancelled from US CAR.  Aircraft Bill of Sale signed.  Purchaser: Brenton DeLaharpe; Cape Town, South Africa.
ZS-ORX 2000-09-06 ORYX Charter CC; c/o Brenton DeLaharpe; 10 A Coral Road, Bloubergrand 7441, South Africa.
Tel: 021-5572864
Named "Shaya Manzi".
2007-05-30 Mark Becker reports that they finally sold the sole Seabee in Africa.  ZS-ORX was operated from Cape Town, South Africa, for a few years and appeared in a number of TV commercials and even a cinema horror movie "The Breed" and TV film "Supernova" starring Peter Fonda.  S/n 261 was crated in the end of July and shipped by container vessel from South Africa to new owner in Canada.  Bill of Sale is dated 30 May 2007.  Last flight in South Africa was made on 31 March 2007.  The new owner is "2127840 Ontario Limited"... Anyone who knows who the persons behind this company is?
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Mark Becker.
 

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