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LN-TSN (Photo: John Stroud via Jan Richard Liby)

Bergen, Norway
Photo: © John Stroud via Jan Richard Liby

              AIRCRAFT DATA      

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 645
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM) 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
(N?) 1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-04-?? Test flight.
1947-04-22 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to W. A. Rollason Ltd.; London, England, for export to Europe.
1947-06-?? Imported to Europe by W. A. Rollason Ltd, London, England.
G-AJVO 1947-06-05 C of R # 11628 issued.
Registered owner: Air Transport Association Ltd.; Guernsey.
1947-06-17 C of A # V280 issued.
1948-04-03 Registration cancelled as sold.
1948-06-17 Graham Cecil Stuart Pearson, London SW2, England.
1949-05-12 Final C of A issued.
1949-05-12 Cancelled from UK Register on sale to Norway.
LN-TSN 1949-05-13 Temporarily registered on Norwegian CAR.
1949-05-14 Ferry flight starts from Croydon Airport, London to Schiphol, Holland.  Pilot Søren K. Liby and mechanic Alf Wagner Larsen.
1949-05-15? Ferry flight Schiphol - Flensburg.
1949-05-16? Ferry flight Flensburg - Søderborg - Aalborg.
1949-05-17 Ferry flight Aalborg - Bergen.
1949-05-31 C of R # 247 and C of A # 272 issued.
Registered owner: Vestlandske Luftfartselskap AS; Bergen, Norway.
1952-12-?? Wheels removed.  Not permitted for land operations.
1955-07-16 Taxiing accident at Aalesund SPB.  Crashed into Seabee LN-PAK (s/n 865).  Repaired.
1955-08-23 Crashed on ambulance flight. The purpose of the flight was to bring a pregnant woman from Nordfjordeid to hospital in Bergen.  During night 'glassy water' landing near Nordfjordeid, the aircraft hit the sea hard and the bow bottom collapsed and the aircraft turned over on its back.  The 17 year old flight/mechanic assistant Tore Knudsen drowned when he was not able to release himself from the seat belt when the wreck sank.  The pilot escaped with moderate injuries.
1955-09-03 Wreck recovered with the missing flight assistant.
1956-01-07 Cancelled from Norwegian CAR.
Sources: RAC Delivery List.
Kay Hagby/NORARC; Norway. "Fra Nielsen & Winther til Boeing 747".
Jan Richard Liby.
Arne Ringheim.

LN-TSN (Photo: via Arne Ringheim)

Bergen Airport, Flesland, Norway
13 October 1954
Photo: © via Arne Ringheim

G-AJVO (Photo: Please tell me!)

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