REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 307

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N6121K

N6121K
"Old Cove", South Harpswell, Maine, USA
Photo: via John Etnier

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 307
Manufacturing Date: 1947-01-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S Code: 51774261.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6121K
N6121K
1947-01-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-01-?? Test flight.
1947-01-31 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corp. to E. W. Wiggins Airways, Inc.; Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.
1947-??-?? Stephen Morgan Etnier (1903-1984); "Old Cove", South Harpswell, Maine, USA.

http://stephenetnier.com

Etnier acquired his pilot's license on May 1, 1940. He subsequently owned a series of small amphibian airplanes, including two Cessnas, a Seabee 612K, and a Seabee 6015K, which he used for pleasure and to provide convenient means to travel to and from Maine. The first chapter of Maine writer Robert R. Tristram Coffin's Yankee Coast describes a harrowing flight he took with Etnier at the controls:

"I wasn't too sure of my friend as a rival of the angels. He had got his flight training more or less on the correspondence-school level. It was sketchy. It was full of gaps. His first hydroplane he had lost in one-hundred-twenty feet of water at the Kennebec's mouth. He threw her into gear, we plowed down the Kennebec into the Atlantic, just missed granite Fort Popham by a hair, almost upset the life-saving station, dodged Pond Island by an eyelash, suddenly were by our lonesome in the air, rose, and headed into the Atlantic."
Yankee Coast
(New York: Macmillan Co., 1946), pp. 2-3.
1957-11-15 C of A issued.
1981-10-26 C of R issued to:
John T. Joyce (B: 1922-09-28); 2345 5th Street, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110.
1984-10-01 Annual inspection.
1985-06-16 On take off from Ely Lake, Eveleth, Minnesota, the aircraft turned sharp left at an altitude of 80-100 ft.  At this point the aircraft ceased to climb and descended into trees and a lakeside house.  The aircraft was in excess of 400 lbs over gross weight.  The landing gear and nose ballast was installed.  Of four people aboard, 1 was fatally injured, while 3 were seriously injured.
   
  Sources: RAC Delivery List
FAA Aircraft Registry
John Etnier; etnier@studiodual.com 

N6121K

N6121K
"Old Cove", South Harpswell, Maine, USA
Photo: via John Etnier

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