REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 757

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NC739, N740, N741

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Three Republic Seabee amphibians carrying the distinctive black and orange official colors and "Flying Goose" insignia of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service are shown lined up at Republic Aviation Corporation's field at Farmingdale, Long Island, ready for flyaway delivery to Alaska.  The U. S. Department of the Interior has purchased the Seabees for its game and fish protection program throughout Alaska and the territories, some 15,000 miles of sea coast.  Patrol pilots who fly them estimate that each Seabee will take the place of 20 power boats, and because of the four-place amphibians wide range of land or water utility, will be equally effective in game and fish law enforcement in coastal waters, inland rivers, and the Territory's vast tundra area.  The Seabee carries a useful load of over 1,000 lbs and has a range of more than 500 miles.
06 August 1947
Photo: Republic Aviation Corporation / Steinar Saevdal Collection
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AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 757
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S codes: 52371211 / A9F289 (N740).
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC740
N740
1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-??-?? Test flight.
1947-04-28 Statement of Conformity, Form ACA 317, by Republic Aviation Corporation ... 757 has been manufactured in conformity with the data forming the basis for Type Certificate No. 769...
[Signed M. E. Barzelay, Design Engineer]
1947-05-21 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: U.S. Department of the Interior; Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago 54, Illinois.
Seller: Republic Aviation Corporation; M. G. Veckman, Assistant Treasurer.
1947-05-21 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: U.S. Department of the Interior; Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago 54, Illinois.
1947-05-13 signed Edwin W. Schwoebli, CAA inspector.
1947-05-23 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to US Department of The Interior; Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1947-07-21 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B:
Name: United States Department of the Interior, Merchandise Mart, Chicago 54, Illinois.
1947-07-31 Registration Certificate, Form ACA-500 Part A, issued to:
United States Department of the Interior; Merchandise Mart, Chicago 54, Illinois.
1948-05-21 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Department of the Interior; Fish & Wildlife Service, Juneau, Alaska.
1948-05-29 signed J. R. Meek, Agent, A&E 84972.
1948-05-29 signed J. R. Meek, Designee # 8215.
1948-05-31 signed Marmon J. O'Bryan, CAA Inspector.
1948-12-14 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: United States Department of Interior; Merchandise Mart, Chicago 54, Ill.
1948-12-14 signed F. H. Penish, Chief of Ground Operations, Agent.
1948-12-14 signed F. J. Brown, Designee.
1948-12-22 signed ?, CAA Inspector.
1949-04-19 Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments), Form ACA-337:
Owner: U. S. Dept. of Interior; Fish & Wild Life Service, Chicago 54, Illinois.
Agency: Intercoastal Airways Inc.; Building 211, New Orleans Airport, New Orleans, La.
Description of work accomplished:

Instal Stearable Tailwheel Spec. Republic Bulletin #17
Instal Grimes Landing Lite Mo.250 12 Volt in Left Wing
New empty weight 2206.4 lbs

1949-04-19 signed George A. Potter, A&E 1658, Supervising Mechanic.
1949-04-19 signed George A. Potter, Designee # 4286.
1949-06-08 signed Henry Rutherford, CAA Inspector.

1949-10-19 Pan Air Corporation; Aircraft Service - Maintenance & Sales, CAA Approved Station No. 3823, New Orleans Airport, New Orleans, La.

Overhaul of Republic Seabee Amphibian, Registration 15 740, Serial # 757:

  1. Dismantled entire aircraft.
  2. Removed engine and shipped to factory for overhaul.
  3. Removed propeller and shipped out for overhaul.
  4. Removed paint from all exterior surfaces.
  5. Treated all cleaned surfaces with Turco WO # etching fluid.
  6. Reprimed and repainted with Dupont Dulux synthetic enamel.
  7. Replaced both landing gear shock strut assemblies.
  8. Replaced hullskin below nosedoor.
  9. Installed streamlined float strut on right hand side.
  10. Repaired skin at lower part of float strut on right hand side.
  11. Replaced beam between front cabin windows.
  12. Spliced hat section of front cabin door.
  13. Replaced lower skin on right hand cabin door.
  14. Repaired skin on left hand cabin door.
  15. Overhauled hydraulic system.
  16. Overhauled control system.
  17. Replaced with stainless steel cables the two outer aileron cables.
  18. Reworked wing tips.
  19. Replaced landing gear light.
  20. Reassembled aircraft.
  21. Re-installed engine.
  22. Re-installed propeller.
  23. Tested engine and engine installation on ground.
1949-10-26 Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments), Form ACA-337:
Owner: U. S. Dept. of Interior; Fish & Wild Life Service, Chicago 54, Illinois.
Propeller: Hartzell HC 12230-2, Serial No: 2099
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F, Serial No: 23743
Agency:Pan Air Corporation; New Orleans, La.
Description of work accomplished:

See attached copy of Invoice.

1949-10-26 signed ?, A&E 9482, Pan Air Corporation, Supervising Mechanic.
1949-11-07 signed Henry H. Vodegel, Designee # 4450.
1949-11-16 signed Henry Rutherford, CAA Inspector.

1949-11-01 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: United States Dept. of Interior; Fish & Wild Life Service, Chicago 54, Illinois.
1949-11-01 signed ?, Pan Air Corporation, Agent.
1949-11-07 signed Henry H. Vodegel, Designee # 4450.
1949-11-16 signed Henry Rutherford, CAA Inspector.
1950-11-27 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: U.S.D.I. Fish Wildlife Service; Washington 25, D.C.
1950-11-27 signed Leonard E. Boaier (?), Agent.
1950-11-27 signed L. T. Miller, Designee # 1520.
1950-11-28 signed ?, CAA Inspector.

Total time on ship 941:00
Total time on engine 941:00, since major 317:00.

1952-10-30 Letter from United States Department of the Interior; Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington 24, D.C. to Civil Aeronautics Administration:

Gentlemen:

   There is transmitted herewith Form ACA-500, Parts A, B, and C covering the registration of Piper Model PA-20 Aircraft, Serial No. 20-927, in the name of U. S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington 25, D. C.

   Registration No. N740 was assigned to his aircraft from the block of numbers reserved for use by the Fish and Wildlife Service.  This number previously has been assigned to Republic Seabee Aircraft, manufacturer's serial No. 757.  It is requested this number be withdrawn form the Republic Seabee Aircraft and reassigned to Piper PA-20, serial No. 20-927, in accordance with the attached Form ACA-500, since the aircraft is being sold by this Service.

Sincerely yours,
O. H. Johnson (signed)
Acting Director

Handwritten note: "New no. will be requested before aircraft is placed in operation for Mr. Bal? ?edy (?)". 11-21-52.

1952-11-18 Aircraft Status Change, Form ACA 195:
Registered owner: United States Department of the Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service.
Canceled for reason checked below:
[x] 9. See letter dated 10-30-52.

Cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register.

  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Barry Collman.

NC739, N740, N741

Fish and Wildlife Service Pilots
Standing beside one of the two Republic Seabee amphibians they flew to Alaska from Republic Aviation Corporation's plant at Farmingdale, Long Island, are J. Marvin Wolfe (foreground) and D. C. Freimuth, pilots of the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U. S. Department of the Interior, which bought three of the Seabee amphibians for the government's law enforcement program, throughout both the territory's vast inland area and its 15,000 miles of coastline.
06 August 1947
Photo: Republic Aviation Corporation / Steinar Saevdal Collection
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