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Test flight,  Crest Airpark, WA.
July 2001
Photo: David Reeve via John P. Hooper


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 285
Manufacturing Date: 1947-01-20
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Lycoming IGO-480-G1D6 (295 HP) Simuflight STC# SA615NW
Remarks: Modifications include; extended wings, Cleveland brakes, Piper seats, bulkhead mod, large spray rails, aux.  electric hydraulic pump, radio package, new instrument panel, bilge pump, bow door prop, 180 deg. door hinges, preoiler, Southwind cabin heater, strobe & landing lights, flush fuel cap, JPI EDM, strakes.
Mode S Codes: 51770546 / A7F166
Reg. No. Date Remarks
1947-01-20 Manufacturing Date. Statement of Conformity issued.
1947-01-20 Test flight.
1947-01-24 C of A issued.
1947-01-24 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Seabee dealer Aircraft Sales Co., Fort Worth, Texas.

Hallicrafter CA-4 radio receiver/transmitter, cross-country flight instrument panel. Empty weight: 2209 lbs.

1947-01-27 Ferry flight from Republic Aviation, Farmingdale, NY, to Aircraft Sales Co., Fort Worth, Texas.  Flight time 25 hrs.
1947-01-31 Faulkner-Ayres, Inc; Paris, Texas.
1947-03-?? Luther C. Henington; Commerce, Texas.
/Seldovia, Alaska.

Operated in Alaska 1947 - 1948.

1948-04-30 Damaged hull repair.
1948-05-15 Tail section replaced in Anchorage, Alaska.
1949-08-?? Bahnman Aviation Co; Commerce, Texas.

Aircraft completely disassembled, repainted, new landing gear components, control cables replaced, gear & flap actuators replaced at maintenance shop in Commerce, TX.

1952-03-?? Luther C Henington; Wolfe City, Texas.
1952-04-?? L. T. Cook, Jr; Sherman, Texas.
1953-06-?? Arwand Cecil Williams; Idabol, Oklahoma.
1953-09-16 Joe Coleman, Jr; Scotland, Texas.
1953-09-18 Vest Aircraft & Finance Co; Denver, Colorado.
1953-10-?? D. C. Kelly; Hayward, California.
1958-04-?? American Aircraft Sales Co; Hayward, California.
1958-05-?? Leonard Bruno; San Francisco, California.

Purchased for $ 2750.

1962-07-?? Seid Aviation; Sausalito, California.
1962-10-?? R. H. Smith; Sausalito, California.
1963-09-?? Robert Portou & V Robert Erickson; Portland, Oregon.
1965-05-?? John Fryback; Rawline, Wyoming.
1971-09-?? John & Joan Addington; Gustavus, Alaska.
1972-07-?? Daubenspeck D1 fibreglas droop tips and Alpha 200a Genave VHF NAV/COM installed in Snohomish, WA.
1973-02-?? Keel repair splice done in Gustavus, Alaska.
1974-06-?? Howard N. Pasternack; Seattle, Washington.
1975-summer Last flight before stored for several years.  851 hours TT, aircraft completely disassembled for restoration and mods.  Aircraft stored in an apartment in downtown Seattle for more than 15 years.
1994-04-?? Bill of Sale.  Laura B Reeve Trustee; 
1994-09-09 Laura B. Reeve Trustee; Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Initial restoration and modifications work started at W. E. Aerotech, Shelton, WA, in 1994.  Completed by Mr. Joe B McHugh; Simuflight, Kent, WA, in July 2001.  Aircraft empty weight: 2375 lbs.

2001-07-07 Restoration test flight by owner/pilot David Reeve and mechanic/AI Tom Guntly from Crest Air Park, Kent, WA.
2001-11-?? Aircraft ferried to Wisconsin.
2002-01-?? Reeve Family relocated to Wisconsin and N6102K transferred to spouce's trust.
2002-06-10 David C. Reeve Trustee; 9803 South Deerpath Drive, Oak Creek, WI 53154-5039, USA
E-mail: dclrbr(at)
2013-07-10 SES BEE LCC; 2405 West Prospect Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin 54914-8716.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry.
Thanks to owner Mr. David C. Reeve for sending photos and the complete history of N6102K!

Lake Geneva, WI, Spring 2003
Photo: David Reeve

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