REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 694

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N6444K (Photo; Mike Carey)

N6444K
USA
Photo: Mike Carey

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: Republic RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 694
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F/-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Destroyed in hangar fire.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6444K
N6444K
1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-04-?? Test flight.
1947-05-06 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corp. to Associated Aviation, Inc.; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
   
 
1954-05-22 Purchased for $1,500 by Ken Keisel and Bill Amy of Trenton, Michigan from a private owner in Toledo, Ohio and flown directly to a small airport in Monroe, Michigan. Aircraft is bare metal silver with faded mint green stripes.
Summer 1954 Aircraft flown extensively on and around lake Erie, making frequent trips to small, uninhabited islands for picnics.

When we had it the airplane it had its original Franklin engine and two bladed prop. The only modifications were a small, round air vent that someone had crudely installed in the front to blow air onto the pilot's legs, and a black skid resistant surface that had been applied to the upper surface of the tail boom just below the propeller so you could work on the engine without slipping off the tail.

(Ken Keisel 5 April 2006)

1954-09-?? N6444K involved in a belly landing incident when Bill Amy takes off from Monroe Airport and encounters quickly deteriorating weather conditions. Cloud ceiling reduced to less than 300'. Bill Amy drops below clouds with gear up and locates a farmer's field. Belly lands the plane in the dirt. No damage or injuries.

The aircraft is recovered the next day when Bill returns with a friend, a shovel, and some wood planks. He digs trenches in the dirt in order to lower the landing gear, than successfully taxis the airplane across the field to a nearby road where he takes off with help from the friend stopping traffic. No evidence the farmer ever knew the plane was in his field.

1954-12-?? N6444K sold for $1,700 to a private owner in Grosse Ile, Michigan.
   
   
1982-07-12 Accident Saginaw, Michigan.  The pilot stated that he took off with 35 US gal of fuel aboard. After about 128 NM, the engine lost power.  While landing in a muddy corn field with the gear retracted, the aircraft slid a short distance and then nosed over.  The pilot escaped with no injuries.
   
1983-01-13 (1) William R Aikens; Troy, Michigan, USA.
New address: 1740 Hammond Court, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA.
New address: 5400 E Nevada, Detroit, MI 48234, USA.

Tel: (313) 368-7888
E-mail: wraikens(at)spartanmetal.com

(2) Mike Carey; 294 Lincoln Road, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, USA.

Tel: (313) 886-9006 (business)
Tel: (313) 510-0550 (cell)
E-mail: MMCarey3(at)cs.com

1992-??-?? Destroyed in hangar fire.
1994-08-16 Cancelled from US CAR.
     

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