REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 721

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N6470K (Photo: Merrill Wien courtesy of Kent Wien)

N6470K
Lake Union, Washington, USA
Early 1950s
Photo: Merrill Wien courtesy of Kent Wien

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 721
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S codes 52100636 / A8819E
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6470K
N6470K
1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-04-?? Test flight.
1947-04-28 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Seabee distributor Rankin Aviation Industries; Tulare, California, USA.
1956-05-10 A/W Date.
????-??-?? Noel Wien; USA.
Named "Shining Sea".
1980-04-18 After take off from seaplane base in Port Angeles, Washington, for intended destination Vancouver, BC, Canada, the engine stopped and an emergency landing was made gear up on land (?).  The aircraft was substantially damaged.  Pilot and the two passenger escaped with no injuries.  Investigation showed that a line to fuel pump was loose, improperly secured during annual inspection flying 11 hours before accident.
1983-08-02 Annual inspection.
1984-03-22 Accident in Lakeport, California.  The pilot reported that on his preflight he found the engine compression and oil level to be low. After servicing the oil to the proper level, he departed. On initial climb, after reaching about 100 ft AGL, the engine started popping and losing RPM. The pilot made a left turn to avoid obstacles and landed in a small grape vineyard. Post crash examination of the engine revealed low compression and excessive oil consumption due to wear. The aircraft had been operated with automotive fuel. Total Airframe Hours: 2324. Airframe Hours since Last Inspection: 46.

The aircraft was owned by Craig and Carol Wooster; 11 Miramonte Court, Walnut Creek, California 94596, USA, and was operated by Craig Wooster (sole occupant) on the accident.

2013-02-13 Cancelled from FAA Aircraft Registry.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
NTSB Database.
Kent Wien.

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