REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 416

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VH-WET Photo: Ton van Soest

VH-WET
Mackay, Queensland, Australia
27 January 2003
Photo: © courtesy of Ton van Soest

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 416
Manufacturing Date: 1947-02-27
Engine: (1) Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM) s/n 23419
(2) Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM) s/n 24093
Remarks: Mode S Codes: 52016277 / A81CBF
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6213K
N6213K
1947-02-27 Manufacturing Date (Data Plate).
1947-02-?? Test flight.
1947-02-18 Weight and Balance Date issued.  Empty weight: 2193.0 lbs.
1947-02-20 Statement of Conformity by Republic Aviation Corp... 416 has been manufactured in conformity with the data forming the basis for Type Certificate No. 769 Tentative...
1947-02-24 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Livingston Airways Corporation; Waterloo, Iowa, USA.
1947-02-24 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B8F, s/n 23419.
1947-02-24 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C.
Purchaser: Livingston Airways Corporation; Livingston Airport, Waterloo, Iowa.
Seller: Republic Aviation Corporation; M. G. Veckman, Assistant Treasurer.
1947-02-27 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C.
Purchaser: Aero-Marine Corporation; 1230 Washington Street, Burlington, Iowa. (Glenn J. Romkey, President)
Seller: Livingston Airways Corporation. (John H. Livingston, President).
1947-02-27 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B.
Applicant: Aero-Marine Corporation; 1230 Washington Street, Burlington, Iowa.
1947-06-08 Log entry: Landed on water to rescue 2 women.
1947-09-29 Registration Certificate, Form ACA-500 Part A, issued to:
Aero-Marine Corporation; 1230 Washington Street, Burlington, Iowa.
1948-06-22 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B8F.
1950-05-23 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B8F.
1950-05-24 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C.
Purchaser: State of Alabama, Department of Conservation; 7 North Bainbridge Street, Montgomery 4, Alabama.
Seller: Aero-Marine Corporation.
1950-05-24 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B.
Applicant: State of Alabama, Department of Conservation; 7 North Bainbridge Street, Montgomery 4, Alabama.
1950-06-20 Letter from Aircraft Division CAA to State of Alabama, returning Bill of Sale and Application for Registration due to missing signatures.
1950-07-05 Letter from State of Alabama, Department of Conservation, to Aircraft Division CAA, resending Bill of Sale and Application for Registration, signed in ink as requested by CAA.
1950-08-17 C of R, Form ACA-400 Part A, issued to:
State of Alabama, Department of Conservation; 7 North Bainbridge Street, Montgomery 4, Alabama.
Aircraft primarily used for fire patrols.
1950-12-15 Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments), Form ACA-337:
Disassembled aircraft and refinished with one coat synthetic enamel paint.  Installed radio - 20 lbs at 118.0.  New empty weight: 2213 lbs.
Agency: J. L. Johnson; Robertsdale, Alabama.
1951-06-08 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B8F.
1951-06-08 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued to expire 1952-06-08.
1952-06-14 Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments), Form ACA-337:
Engine 6A8-215-B9F, s/n 24093.
Removed Item 102 and installed Item 104. The net weight change is +9.5 and the C.G. location is unchanged. Empty weight: 2222 lbs.
Agency: J. L. Johnson; Robertsdale, Alabama.
1952-06-14 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours 451:05.
Engine 6A8-215-B9F s/n 24093 total hours 28:05.
1952-06-14 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B9F.
1952-06-14 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued to expire 1953-06-14.
1953-06-23 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B9F.
1953-06-23 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued to expire 1954-06-23.
1953-08-06 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C.
Purchaser: W. Troy Barrett & Charles E. Owen, Jr.; 521 1/2 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois.
Seller: State of Alabama, Department of Conservation.
$ 2,050.00.
1953-09-28 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B.
Applicant: W. Troy Barrett & Charles E. Owen, Jr.; 521 1/2 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois.
1953-10-06 C of R, Form ACA-400 Part A, issued to:
W. Troy Barrett & Charles E. Owen, Jr.; 521 1/2 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois.
1954-08-20 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C.
Purchaser: A-F Helicopters, Inc.; Post Office Box # 911, San Fernando, California. 
Sellers: W. Troy Barrett & Charles E. Owen, Jr.
1954-09-17 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B.
Applicant: A-F Helicopters, Inc.; Post Office Box # 911, San Fernando, California.  Signed: J. L. B. Armstrong, President.
1954-09-20 Major Repair and Alteration Form (Airframe, Powerplant, Propeller or Appliance), Form ACA-337:
  1. Removed CA-4 Skyfone Hallicraft HF Receiver from cutout in instrument panel   & installed Gonset VHF transmitter - Receiver in same cutout (No Wt. change or locations change).
  2. Installed TA-6 A transmitter to base bolted to floor of baggage compartment.
  3. Installed RA-10 Receiver to base bolted to floor of baggage compartment.
  4. Installed MR-19 control in cockpit above copilots chair.
  5. Fuses for RA-10 & TA-6 installed in holders mounted in instrument panel.
  6. Antennas bolted through doublers riveted to the skin.

New empty weight: 2283.1 lbs.

Agency: Qualitron, Inc.; 2945 Hollywood Way, Burbank. California.

1954-09-20 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours 521:40.
Engine s/n 24093 total hours 99:50.
1954-09-28 C of R, Form ACA-500 Part A, issued to:
A-F Helicopters, Inc.; Post Office Box # 911, San Fernando, California.
1954-12-28 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours 541:30.
Engine s/n 24093 total hours 113:30.
1954-12-28 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B9F.
1954-12-28 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued to expire 1955-12-28.
1954-12-?? Imported to Australia by World Wide Air Services; Port Moresby, an American company which had a large scale operation in Papua/New Guinea using Catalinas and various helicopters. While in PNG it always flew under its US registration N6213K.
1955-12-24 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours 597:55.
Engine s/n 24093 total hours 170:10.
1955-12-24 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, Form ACA-305:
Engine 6A8-215-B9F.
1955-12-24 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued to expire 1956-12-24.
1956-11-03 Aircraft Use and Inspection Report, Form ACA-2850:
Aircraft total time in service: 603:35.
Engine 6A8-215-B9F.
1957 Retired by WWAS and stored at Port Moresby PNG, pending sale.
1957-12-06 Application to import a Seabee submitted to DCA by P.K.Gerakiteys, Maitland NSW. He had acquired N6213K, which had been retired and stored. It remained stored in PNG pending Australian certification.
1958-02-11 Letter form A-F Helicopters, Inc., requesting a duplicate of C of R, when old C of R had been lost.
1958-02-20 Duplicate of C of R, Form ACA-500, issued.
1960-01-07 Letter from A-F Helicopter, Inc., to Washington Records Branch FAA: "This will notify you that Republic Seabee, FAA No. N6213K, has been sold by our company to World Wide Helicopters Limited, 21 rude de France, Nice, Fran, and United States registration is to be cancelled". Signed; Vernon E. Dunn, Manager.
1960-01-21 Cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register (Form ACA-195). Exported to France. No export certificate issued.
VH-WWA 1959-07-25 World Wide Air Services; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
1959-11-16 Peter Gerakiteys; Maitland, New South Wales, Australia.

Royal Newcastle Aero Club veteran pilot Bill Hitchcock wrote in Rag & Tube March 1979: "Peter Gerakiteys purchased the 'Bee VH-WWA from World Wide in 1958 and he and another club member Gerry Backhouse flew it from New Guinea to Maitland. They suffered a keel landing on one of the grass strips in Queensland on the way down the coast but jacked the aircraft up and repaired the offending hydraulic pump and were on their way again without much delay. Peter repainted her a deep maroon because the paint was very faded and weather-beaten when he brought her to Maitland. We used to fly from Maitland to Lake Macquarie nearly every weekend. It was a flying brick but we still had a lot of fun. I can remember Bill Winch beating us up in his Comper Swift (VH-ACG) on one of our trips back to Maitland. Peter also owned the Chrislea Ace VH-BRO at the same time so he had an unusual pair of aircraft in his hangar."

1961-03-?? Sold to Commodore Aviation; Port Lincoln, South Australia.
1961-04-01 Departed Bankstown on delivery to Port Lincoln SA to Commodore Aviation, flown by company founder John C. Doudy. His log book shows Bankstown-Griffith-Hay 1961-04-01; next day Hay-MilduraCowell-Port Lincoln.
1961-04-28 Commodore Aviation; Port Lincoln, South Australia.  Used for tuna fish spotting for the Port Lincoln tuna fishing boat fleet.
1961-07-07 Noted at Parafield, also 1962-05 and 1962-09-13. 
All brown with white trim, Seabee emblem painted on the nose.
1962-10-?? Traded to Dulmison (Australia) Pty Ltd, Sydney, as part-payment for new Aero 145 VH-WWC being assembled at Bankstown.
1962-10-12 Seabee ferried Parafield-Nhill-Moorabbin on delivery to Dulmison by John Doudy. Left parked in the open at Moorabbin for the next year while Dulmison attempted to find a buyer.
1962-10-19 Dulmison (Australia) Pty Ltd.; North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
1962-12-22 Noted at Moorabbin.
1963-01-05 Noted at Moorabbin.
1963-01-20 Noted at Moorabbin.
1963-01-22 Noted at Moorabbin.  Parked outside, brown with white trim, faded paint.
1963-05-?? Geoff Goodall photographed it at Moorabbin in May 1963 looking decidedly dejected in a faded brown & yellow paint scheme as it was awaiting resale after being traded in on a Czech Aero 45. Commodore Aviation registered the Aero 45 as VH-WWC as a follow-on from the Seabee reg. and then used the VH-WW block on subsequent aircraft.
1963-06-29 Noted at Moorabbin.  Same parking spot on grass.  Faded paint.
1963-08-20 Noted at Moorabbin.  Parked at pine trees.
1964-01-10 Noted at Bankstown.
1964-02-09 Noted at Bankstown.  In small Aero Club hangar.
1964-07-?? Noted at Bankstown.  Parked outside.  Same faded brown and white paintwork.
1964-12-?? Advertised for sale by Central Aircraft Exchange, Bankstown: C of A expired, brown scheme. Listed price Ł 2100.
1965-05-10 Cancelled from Australian CAR.  Re-registered as VH-MJO.
VH-MJO 1965-05-10 K. E. Olsen; Coolah, New South Wales, Australia.
Notley Aviation; Camden, New South Wales, Australia.
Re-registered it with his wife's initials as VH-MJO.  Also owner of VH-ECZ (#972).
1965-06-24 Noted Camden still marked VH-WWA, had been moved by road from Bankstown. Under maintenance for K. E. Olsen of Coolah. It is reported as having TT of only 400 hours.
1965-09-18 Noted at Camden in Notley Aviation hangar completing an overhaul. The new registration represents the initials of the owner’s wife.
1965-09-21 Noted at Camden, outside Notley Aviation hangar, all white, no registration painted on airframe.
1965-10-24 VH-MJO noted at Camden under maintenance in Notley Aviation hangar, soon to be airworthy again.
1966-02-07 Noted at Camden, all over white, parked outside.
1966-02-12 Noted at Camden, being repainted.
1966-12-04 Noted at Camden.
1967-01-?? Noted at Camden.
1970-??-?? Olsen later sold the Seabee to Australian aviation adventurer Gregory R. Board; 178 McCarrs Creek Road, Church Point, Sydney, New South Wales.  He returned to live in Sydney after 10 years in Asia and the USA flying military disposal heavy prop aircraft on clandestine ventures.  Greg Board kept the Seabee moored at a jetty at his house in Church Point, and commuted in it to Camden where he established several new companies flying survey and charters with Norseman and Piaggio P166 equipment. 
1970-09-18 Noted at Camden, taxiing after major inspection and repaint.
1970-12-17 Restored to register to Gregory R. Board; Church Point, New South Wales, Australia.
1971-04-?? Noted at Church Point at jetty below Greg Board's house.
1971-05-20 Noted at Mascot, parked near Flight Facilities, white with bronze trim. Also 1971-05-24.
1972-02-?? Noted at Mascot, parked near Flight Facilities, active.
1972-08-18 William "Bill" F. Suhr; Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia.
Operated by Peninsula Air Services (Bill Suhr); Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia.
Became a well known sight flying beach shark patrols in gaudy color schemes and named "The Flying Tadpole".  MJO was purchased to operate a shark patrol along Melbourne beaches for radio station 3DB, painted in a variety of bright color schemes as “3DB Flying Tadpole”.  Bill eventually sold it and several owners later it wound up in Salomon Island. 
1972-10-05 Damaged at Moorabbin when landed with undercarriage only partly extended.
1972-11-09 Visited Melbourne-Tullamarine “3DB Flying Tadpole”.
1974-01-05 Cessna 172H VH-KWN crashes west of Mud Islands, Port Phillip Bay, while taking "press photos" of Seabee VH-MJO while it was engaged on a shark spotting beach patrol.  Pilot sustained minor injuries, while passenger/photographer Anthony John Feder was seriously injured.
1974-05-18 Noted at Moorabbin.
1975-07-26 Noted at Moorabbin. "3DB Flying Tadpole".
1976-09-13 Noted at Moorabbin.  Parked outside Peninsula Air Services hangar, operated by radio station 3DB.
1977-01-08 Landed on grass at Moorabbin when tailwheel remained locked up.
1977-12-04 Noted at Moorabbin.  Large titles "3DB" only.
1978-02-24 Noted at Moorabbin.
1978-11-02 Peninsula Air Services; Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia.
1979-01-04 Accident, minor damage.
1979-02-11 Visited Lillydale Vic Airshow.
1980-08-04 PAS Investments Pty Ltd.; Essendon Aiport, Melbourne, Australia.
Operated by Peninsula Air Services; Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia.
1985-04-?? Noted at Moorabbin in new paint scheme, no titles.
1986-03-11 Noted at Moorabbin.
1986-10-03 Ian B. Baillie; Moorabbin Airport, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia.
Trading as Ian Baillie Aircraft Sales.
1986-11-?? Advertised for sale at Moorabbin by Ian Baillie Aircraft Sales, all new windows, freshly repainted, TT 1760 hours.
1987-02-19 Arrived Bankstown, departed same day to Port Macquarie to demonstrate to a prospective buyer.
1987-03-?? For sale: 1759 TT, engine 40 SOH, new paint, extremely good condition, $45,000 Australian. Ian Baillie, South Pacific Aircraft Sales; (Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne), PO Box 354, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192, Australia
1987-03-26 Montchel Pty Ltd.; Southport, Queensland, Australia.
Based at Coolangatta Airport.
1992-01-31 Richard W. Grouse; Wulguru, Queensland, Australia.
1992-03-05 Richard W. Grouse; Honiara, Solomon Islands. Change of address.
1992-03-06 Flew Townsville-Mareeba-Cairns on delivery flight to Honiara. Continued to Port Moresby 1992-03-07.  Delivery pilot Brian “Blackjack” Walker.
1992-06-23 Cancelled from Australian CAR.  Exported to Solomon Islands.
H4-HSD 1992-??-?? Richard W. Grouse; Honaria, Solomon Islands.
Operated by Pacific Air Services; PO Box 766, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
1998-07-18 Cancelled from Salomon Islands CAR.  Exported to Australia.
VH-WET 1999-01-08 Terence "Terry" van de Graaf; Bowen, Queensland, Australia.
- 73 Garden Drive, Urangan, Queensland 4655, Australia.
-  PO Box 1488, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia.

E-mail: degraafs@dodo.com.au
2003-01-27 Noted at Mackay, Queensland.  Parked in open, blue & white.
2005/2006 Noted at Mackay, Queensland.  Parked in open, blue & white.  Weathered.
2006-07-06 Registration revoked by CASA. Due to non compliance with sub regulation 202.225(5), certificate of airworthiness is no longer valid.
2008-02-?? Floodwaters over a meter deep covered Mackay Airport. Reported that VH-WET was immersed in these waters.
2010-09-?? No longer at Mackay Airport.  Fate unknown.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
Tony Arbon.
Ton van Soest.
Geoff Goodall.
http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/seabee/seabee.pdf
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austmz/VH-MJO.html 
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austmz/VH-WWA.html 
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austmz/VH-WET%282%29.html 
http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/McDonell/4002.htm 

VH-WWA,  VH-MJO, VH-WET

VH-WWA
Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne, Australia
1960s
Photo: © Barry J. Tate courtesy Ken Cusack

VH-WWA,  VH-MJO, VH-WET

VH-WJO
Australia
Date unknown
Photo: © Please tell me!

VH-WWA,  VH-MJO, VH-WET

VH-MJO
Australia
Date unknown
Photo: © Please tell me!

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