REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 462

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N6255K
"Tuesday's Child" / "Keiki Po'alua"
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
20 September 2014
Photo: Robert A. Gould

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 462
Manufacturing Date: 1947-02-??
Engine: (1) Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)

(2) Lycoming IG0-480-G1D6 (modified to fuel injection)

Remarks: STC # SA615NW - Simuflight Lyc. IGO-480-G1D6 engine conversion
STC # SA615NW - Three-bladed propeller  
STC # SA815NW - Cleveland brakes
STC # SA392NW - Wide spray rails
STC # SA393NW - Modified keel gusset
STC # SA394NW - Model 2-DT droop wing tips
STC # SA395NW - Enlarged aft cabin windows
STC # SA1153NW - Simuflight (Piper) pitot-static system
STC # SA1261NW - New lift strut fittings
New instrument panel
Wing LE landing light
Mode S codes: 52025741 / A82BE1
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
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1947-02-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-02-28 Test flight 1 h 15 min.
1947-03-03 FAA C of A approved.  Engine 6A8-215-B8F s/n 23233, prop s/n 2283, blades 55658, 55661.
1947-03-04 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to distributor Rankin Aviation Industries; Tulare, California, USA.
1947-03-05 First flight by W. E. Lester, ferry pilot for Rankin Aviation.
1947-04-18 Sold to W. G. Snow.
1948-11-01 Sold to A. R. Jacoy; 3620 NW Boulevard, Spokane, Washington.
1952-09-22 Sold to Robert L. Buzby; Anchorage, Alaska.
1953-05-17 Hit log on landing at Ursus, AK, lost left windshield, and returned to ANC without windshield.
1954-05-?? Sold to R. G. Bueberg; Fairbanks, Alaska.
1956-??-?? Sold to Cliff W. Alderfer; Fairbanks, Alaska.
1956-06-01 A/W Date.
1956-09-?? Sold to Jim Fredericks; 1507 Gilliam Way, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1959-03-?? New wing float struts installed.
1959-09-?? Sold to ?, Seattle, Washington.
1967-07-20 Henry "Hank" Younge; Air Molokai, Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 1967 I started Air Molokai.  At this time, ranch executives - especially Phil Spalding - loaned me almost $800,000 on a hand shake to build a new hangar on Lagoon Drive.  They, like me, wanted to ensure low airfares and reliability for the residents of Molokai.

His son Henry is a pilot and owner of the Molokai Air Shuttle.

1968-08-30 Last flight.  Stored at Honolulu (HNL) Airport.
1974-02-01 Sold to Fred Sorensen; 2800 Sterling Cove Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128-7729, USA.

Restoration started.

1979-03-05 Purchased for restoration by Robert A. Gould; 44-365 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744-2664, USA.
1988-01-27 Registered on FAA Registry to:
Robert A. Gould; 44-365 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744-2664, USA.
1993-06-10 Bendix RSA-5AD1 fuel injection system installed on Lycoming GO-480-G1D6 engine.
2001-03-21 Robert A. Gould Trustee; 44-365 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744-2664, USA.

E-mail: bob.gould(at)stanfordalumni.org

Mr. Gould and his wife Mrs. Gretchen M. Gould are co-trustees. 

2004-04-28 Water taxi tests.
2006-04-29 First flight, after its last previous flight in 1968. TT 796:20.
2006-06-02 Robert A. Gould Trustee; 44-365 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744-2664, USA.
2006-12-16 By 16 December 2006 it had a Total Time on the airframe just over 800 hours, and Mr. Gould had about 37 hours on it.
2007-03-20 Last Action Taken.
2014-02-14 Aircraft donated to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor; 319 Lexington Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-5004, USA.

www.pacificaviationmuseum.org

2014-09-16 Transported by road to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.  Under restoration.
2014-09-18 Assembly started at PAM.
2016-12-07 Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor; 319 Lexington Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-5004.

www.pacificaviationmuseum.org

  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Registry.
Robert A. Gould.

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Photo: Bob Gould

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