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Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 722
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S codes 52100701 / A881C1
Reg. No. Date Remarks
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.
1952-10-15 C of R issued to:
Robert L. Wooldridge; 8 Waldeck Court, Oakland, CA 94601.
1962-01-14 Clear Lake, California: Aircraft went missing on sightseeing flight.

Eastbay Trio Missing In Mountain Flight

Wide Search For Craft in Lake County

     LAKEPORT (Lake County) A plane with three Eastbay persons aboard is missing today in this rugged mountain region.
     Aboard are: Robert Wooldridge, 48, well known Oakland contractor and pilot; Wooldridge's son, Richard, 11, and Richard Thunder, 49, Alameda realtor.
     Search for the plane, a single-engine amphibian, is being conducted by Civil Air Patrol and Air Force rescue teams.
     The trio left Lakeport at 11 a.m. yesterday for a brief sight-seeing flight. Wooldrige's wife, Constance, said the three planned to fly over Clear Lake and nearby Lake Billsburry and return by noon.
     The Wooldridge and Thunder families departed Saturday for Wooldridge's cabin near here to spend the weekend. The plane, based at Buchanan Field near Concord, can land on both water and land.
     Wooldridge, of 8 Waldeck Court, Oakland, is a veteran flier and was a World War II flight instructor.
     Major Ben Hall of the Redwood Empire Group, Civil Air Patrol, said 10 planes, including aircraft from the Air Force Western Air Rescue Center at Hamilton Field, comprised the search party. Three planes were dispatched from the CAP'S Air-Sea Rescue Support Center at Redwood City.
     Major Hall said the search was being concentrated around Lake Pillsbury, Clear Lake, Lake Berryessa, as well as other bodies of water in the mountain area. He said he hopes to dispatch ground crews by this afternoon.
     Thunder is operator of the Shaw and Lunt Realty Co., and has participated in various civic projects in Alameda. His home is 1380 Eastshore Drive. Wooldridge has constructed several apartment and home projects in Alameda's South Shore and Oakland.

[Oakland Tribune; Monday, January 15, 1962]


1962-01-15 Small pieces of wreckage found floating in Clear Lake, near Glenhaven.
1962-01-15 Pilot's logbook was found floating in lake, together with part from seat.
1962-01-17 The search is presently located in the Narrows area some 10 between miles east of here between Glenhaven on the north shore of the lake and the Soda Bay - Buckingham Park area. Five boats and an airplane manned by sheriff's deputies and volunteers are participating.
1962-01-25 Body of passenger Richard Wooldridge, 11, recovered from Clear Lake.

Body of Plane Victim Found In Clear Lake

     LAKEPORT (AP) - Sheriff's deputies Thursday found the body of Richard Wooldridge, 11, of Oakland, who had been missing since the Jan 14 crash of a single engine plane near Clear Lake.
     Officers said his body was recovered in Clear Lake about nine miles southwest of Lakeport.
     His father, Robert, 48, a contractor, and Richard Thunder, 49, Alameda real estate man, were still missing.

[The Humboldt Times; Friday, Jan. 26, 1962]


1962-04-13 Body of passenger Richard P. Thunder, 49, recovered from Clear Lake.
1962-04-15 Body of pilot Robert L. Wooldridge, 48, recovered from Clear Lake.

Oaklander's Body Found in Lake

     LAKEPORT. Lake County The body of the third victim of a Jan. 14 plane crash has been recovered from Clear Lake.
     He is Robert Wooldridge, 48, of 8 Waldeck Court, Oakland, a contractor. The body of his son, Richard, 11, was found Jan. 25, and the body of Richard P. Thunder. 49, of Alameda, was recovered Friday.
     Wooldridge was the pilot of the small plane. Thunder, of 1380 Eastshore Drive, Alameda, was operator of a realty firm.

[Oakland Tribune; Monday, April 16, 1962]


1970-05-07 Cancelled from FAA Aircraft Registry.
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Barry Collman.
Matt Miller.

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