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LV-NRN Photo: via Heriberto Jorge ("Ari") Masel

Photo: © via Heriberto Jorge ("Ari") Masel


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: Republic RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 367
Manufacturing Date: 1947-02-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM) 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
LV-NRN 1947-02-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-02-?? Test flight.
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.
When 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

  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
RAC Seabee Export List 1948-11-15.
Air Britain "Archive" Magazine; 1981 No. 3/4.
Heriberto Jorge ("Ari") Masel.

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