|Manufacturer:||Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.|
|Model:||Republic RC-3 Seabee|
|Type Certificate No:||A-769|
|Engine:||Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)|
|1947-02-28||Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Doaida Financiera y Commercial, Srl; Buenos Aires, Argentina.|
|????-??-??||Accident at a lake in Patagonia, Argentina. Salvaged.|
|????-??-??||Eng. Ruben Masel; Argentina.|
I was 10-11 yers old (at least 55 years ago!) my father bought the
Republic Seabee LV-NRN hydroplane. I scanned this old photo. My father,
Eng. Ruben Masel, can be seen entering the plane. I am the young boy
approaching the plane. I remember that when the plane was bought it had
to be raised from the bottom of a lake in Patagonia, South Argentina.
The previous owner has had an accident, and the wife convinced him to
sell. (Or maybe she was a widow.) This is the only one of the several
airplanes owned by my father of which I do remember the registration ("matrícula"
in Argentina), because he made a joke with the letters. That's why I am
so sure. I can tell you only a little bit more of history.
Please feel free to write.
All the best,
Heriberto Jorge ("Ari") Masel
Seabee Delivery List.
RAC Seabee Export List 1948-11-15.
Air Britain "Archive" Magazine; 1981 No. 3/4.
Heriberto Jorge ("Ari") Masel.