REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 769

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N6503K Photo wanted!

N6503K
Photo: WANTED!

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 769
Manufacturing Date: 1947-04-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
S/N: 23793
Remarks: Mode S Codes: 52107605 / A88F85
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6503K
N6503K
1947-04-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-04-28 Statement of Conformity, CAA Form ACA 317, issued by Republic Aviation Corporation ... 769 has been manufactured in conformity with the data forming the basis for Type Certificate No. 769...
[Signed M. E. Barzelay, Design Engineer].
1947-04-?? Test flight.
1947-05-01 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Rankin Aviation Industries; Tulare, California.
Seller: Republic Aviation Corporation; M. G. Veckman, Assistant Treasurer.
1947-05-01 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Rankin Aviation Industries; Tulare, California, USA.
1947-05-01 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, CAA Form ACA-305:
Owner: Rankin Aviation Industries; Tulare, California.
1947-05-14 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Louis H. Prince; 4515 Burke Avenue, Seattle 3, Washington.
Seller: Rankin Aviation Industries; J. R. Lund, Northwest Manager.
1947-05-14 Application for Registration, CAA Form ACA-500 Part B:
Applicant: Louis H. Prince; 4515 Burke Avenue, Seattle 3, Washington.
1947-06-02 Registration Certificate, CAA Form ACA-500 Part A, issued to:
Louis H. Prince; 4515 Burke Avenue, Seattle 3, Washington.
1948-04-30 Annual Inspection. Agency/Owner: Louis H. Prince.
1949-05-02 Annual Inspection. Agency/Owner: Louis H. Prince.
1949-09-30 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Leiter Hockett; 7203 34th Avenue NW, Seattle 7, Washington.
Seller: Louis H. Prince.
(Undated) Application for Registration, CAA Form ACA-500 Part B:
Applicant: Leiter Hockett; 7203 34th Avenue NW, Seattle 7, Washington.
1949-11-11 Certificate of Registration, CAA Form ACA-500 Part A, issued to:
Leiter Hockett; 7203 34th Avenue NW, Seattle 7, Washington.
1950-06-17 Annual Inspection. Agency/Owner: Leiter Hockett.
1950-07-07 Bill of Sale, CAA Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Richard D. Pherson; PO Box 228, Mt. Edgecumbe, Alaska.
Seller: Leiter Hockett.
1950-07-07 Application for Registration, CAA Form ACA-500 Part B:
Applicant: Richard D. Pherson; PO Box 228, Mt. Edgecumbe, Alaska.
1950-07-21 Certificate of Registration, CAA Form ACA-500.1 Part A, issued to:
Richard D. Pherson; PO Box 52, PO Box 228, Mount Edgecumbe, Alaska.

1953-10-09 C of R corrected with new address:
PO Box 52, Sitka, Alaska.

1951-06-28 Annual Inspection. Agency/Owner: Richard D. Pherson.
1952-10-10 Annual Inspection. Agency/Owner: Richard D. Pherson.
1953-10-17 Annual Inspection. Agency/Owner: Richard D. Pherson.
1954-01-22 Chatham Strait, Alaska: Aircraft sank when being towed after a successful emergency landing on sea, after fuel pump failed.

Three Safe When Plane Crashes

     Dirk Pherson and his two passengers, Ronald Mayo and Juan Munoz, emerged unhurt Friday from the wreck of his Seabee seaplane on Friday morning.
     Pilot Pherson and the two Juneau men, employees of the Geological Survey, took off at 9 a.m. Friday to check stream gauges in Mist Cove on Baranof Island.
     A fuel pump gave out forcing the pilot to attempt a landing in the very rough waters. Most fortunately the large ocean 'going tug Shinn of Alaska Freight Lines was in Chatham Straits, towing a barge. Mr. Pherson succeeded in landing without capsizing near the tug, then taxied to it. He and his two passengers were taken off but the plane became tangled in the tow line and sank before it could be saved.
     A Coast Guard cutter from Ketchikan met the tug and brought the three men to that city Mr. Pherson returned home here Saturday.

[Daily Sitka Sentinel; Monday, January 25, 1954]

1954-03-06 CAA Form ACA-1911.1:
Please cancel registration number N6503K assigned to Republic Seabee aircraft, RC-3, serial number 769, which is at present owned by me.
Reason for cancelling TOTAL LOSS PLANE SANK AT SEA
Owner's signature: Richard D. Pherson
  1954-03-23 Aircraft Status Change, Form ACA 195:
Registered owner: Richard D. Pherson
Canceled for reason checked below:
[x] 8. At owner's request.

Cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register.

 

Sources:

RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Barry Collman.
Matt Miller.

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