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SE-AXU (Photo: Gösta Rengefors)

Öregrund, Sweden
25 June 1950
Photo: © courtesy Gösta Rengefors


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 726
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM) 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
(F-?) 1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-04-?? Test flight.
1947-04-30 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Smith, Kirkpatrick & Co., Inc.; for export to France.
1947-??-?? Shipped from USA to Sweden aboard vessel SS "Mathilda Thoren".
1947-??-?? Reassigned to Hans Osterman AB; Stockholm, Sweden.  Sold to Ostermans Aero AB together with c/n 726, 823, 829 and 830 for a total price of $ 23.888,35, or $ 32.981,86 including transportation costs New York - Stockholm.
1947-??-?? Stored by Ostermans Aero AB?
1950-06-20 Basic inspection by Swedish CAA.  Airframe was factory-new.  Engine TT 390 hrs.  Interim C of R issued.
SE-AXU 1950-06-29 C of R # 817 and C of A # 926 issued.
Registered owner: Ostermans Aero AB; Stockholm, Sweden.
1950-12-20 Not airworthy until 1951-05-23.
1951-05-07 A/C total time: 103 hrs.
1951-06-07 Owner: Holger Håkansson; Sollefteå.  Bill of Sale same date.
1952-??-?? Eskiltunaflyg; Eskiltuna.
1952-05-20 Left wing strut cracked.  R/H wing strut broken off.
1952-05-25 A/C total time: 140 hrs.
1952-06-11 Lake "Stora Sjöfallet", Luleå.  During landing the engine burst into fire after a fuel hose fails and fuel is ignited on exhaust pipes.  The fire last for 10 - 15 minutes.  Severe damage to engine, cables and propeller.
1952-11-23 Not airworthy until 1953-02-15.
1952-12-05 Owner: Sven Å. Östberg; Jokkmokk.
1952-12-12 A/C total time: 219 hrs.
1953-02-17 F4 Frösön Air Base (Östersund Airport).  Test flight.  Main skis, type Sk14, and tail ski from Junkers W34 had beeb installed. 14 kg load for CG balance had not been removed, resulting in a CG ahead of forward limit.  During take off the Seabee flipped over on nose.  Fuselage and wings were damaged.  Probably there also was ice/snow on wings that influenced.  Pilot was G. Andersson.
1953-07-21 A/C total time: 220 hrs.
1953-11-13 AB Lapplandsflyg; Porjus.
1958-07-08 Crashed at Lake " Sitojaure", near Porjus.
1959-02-25 Cancelled from Swedish CAR.
  Sources: SFF "Svenskt civilregister 1; t.o.m. SE-AZZ".
Benny G. Karlsson.
RAC Delivery List.

SE-AXU and SE-BXA (Photo: Gösta Rengefors)

Seabees SE-AXU and SE-BXA on a foggy summer day!
Öregrund, Sweden
25 June 1950
Photo: © courtesy Gösta Rengefors

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