REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 813

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Jonsvatnet, Trondheim, Norway
12 June 2012
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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: 813
Manufacturing Date: 1947-05-05
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
(1) S/N # 23825 (B8F)
(2) S/N # 23162 (B8F)
(3) S/N # 24010 (B9F)
Remarks: Extended wings, wide spray rails, flush fuel cap, overhead engine controls, cooling fan spinner.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6547K
N6547K
1947-05-05 Manufacturing Date.
1947-05-?? Test flight.
1947-05-05 Statement of Conformity by Republic Aviation Corp... 813 has been manufactured in conformity with the data forming the basis for Type Certificate No. 769.
1947-05-13 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corp. to Anderson Air Activities, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Pt C).  Seller: Republic Aviation Corp. / Purchaser: Anderson Air Activities; General Mitchell Field, Milwaukee 7, Wisconsin, USA.

Signed by Assistant Treasurer; M. G. Veckman (Republic) on 1952-02-14 (Duplicate Bill of Sale).

C of A issued by CAA Inspector Harry M. Jones.

1950-08-11 Annual Inspection.
1952-01-08 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Pt C).  Seller: Anderson Air Activities. / Purchaser: Baroid Sales Division of the National Lead Company; 2404 Danville Street, Houston 6, Texas, USA.
1952-01-08 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Pt B) by Baroid Sales Division of the National Lead Company.

Annual Inspection (C of A Form ACA-1362 issued to expire 1953-01-08).

1952-02-26 C of R (Form ACA-500 Pt A) issued  to: Baroid Sales Division of the National Lead Company; 2404 Danville Street, Houston 6, Texas, USA.
1953-01-07 Annual Inspection (C of A Form ACA-1362 issued to expire 1954-01-07).
Franklin 6A8-215-B9F # 23825 total time 398 hrs.
A/C total time 398 hrs.
1954-01-08 Annual Inspection (C of A Form ACA-1362 issued to expire 1955-01-08).
Franklin 6A8-215-B8F # 23162 total time 4?8:40 hrs.
A/C total time ??? hrs.
1955-02-25 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Pt C).  Seller: Baroid Division, National Lead Company. / Purchaser: George A. Potter; New Orleans Airport, Building 211, New Orleans 22, Louisiana, USA.
1955-05-04 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Pt B) by George A. Potter.
1955-06-08 C of R (Form ACA-500 Pt A) issued to: George A. Potter; New Orleans Airport, Building 211, New Orleans 22, Louisiana, USA.
1955-08-27 Bill of Sale (Form ACA-500 Pt A).  Seller: George A. Potter. / Purchaser: William F. Kelly; 100 Bellaire Drive, New Orleans 20, Louisiana, USA.
1955-08-27 Annual Inspection (C of A Form ACA-1362 issued to expire 1956-08-27).
Franklin 6A8-215-B9F # 24010 total time 164:40 hrs.
A/C total time 1261 hrs.
1955-08-31 Application for Registration (Form ACA-500 Pt B) by William F. Kelly.
1955-09-27 C of R issued to: William F. Kelly; 100 Bellair Drive, New Orleans 20, Louisiana 70124, USA.
1956-06-21 Major Repair and Alteration Form.  Agency: Pan Air Corporation, New Orleans Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The original throttle and propeller pitch controls were removed and new controls installed as shown in Pan Air Corporation drawing #80001.  A standard aircraft throttle and mixture control quadrant was used.  This modification is similar to that approved by R. E. McKissick, 9-30-55, on RC-3 #N-6537K, owned by Mechanical Equipment Company, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana.

The rivets attaching the aft spar of the center section were replaced with AN24 bolts.  The holes were reamed.  The left u-right channel was reinforced on each side, at top, with an .064 angle riveted to the channel.  The lower end of the same channel was reinforced with a plate on the outside of skin.

1957-06-18 A/W Date.  Certificate of Airworthiness issued.
A/C total time: 1321:40 hrs.
Engine s/n 24010, total time: 224:40 hrs.
1965-01-07 Major Repair and Alteration Form.  Agency: Pan Air Corporation, New Orleans Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Removed oil cooler Heat Exchanger Mod. 100, and installed APU3170-W-D5 Item 102.  Installed identical as approved on RC3, N6705K dated 4/22/54 and on file at FAA regional office, Fort Worth, Tex.

Installed rotating beacon on vertical fin with machine screws and anchor nuts Re. CAR 3.386.  The #16 gage wire meets specification MIL-W-5086.  The beacon is protected by a 10 ampere circuit breaker switch.

Installed Narco VHT3 superhomer in radio cutout on instrument panel with machine screws and stop nuts, Re. CAR 3.286(d).  The wires used were supplied by the manufacturer of the radio or meet specifications of MIL-W-5086A.  All wires and bundles are tied and clamped in accordance with standard aircraft practice, Ref. CAR 3.721.  This radio given a functional test, CAR 3.652.  This radio is protected by a 10 ampere automatic circuit breaker mounted under the radio.  Magnetic compass has been checked with radio on, Ref. CAR 3.758.

The total electrical running load is 11.8 amperes.  This is less than 80% of the 35 ampere generator, Ref. CAM 18.30-12(i).

Installed Delco DC-12 battery in original battery box with a 1/2" felt pad saturated with bicarbonate soda to absorb and neutralize spillage.

Empty weight: 2262.5 lbs.

1965-06-23 Major Repair and Alteration.  Agency: Pan Air Corporation, New Orleans, LA.

Removed Autolite voltage regulator and installed and Allstate P/N 1457 regulator,  This regulator is a replacement part for Autolite.  No weight change.

Franklin 6A8-215-B9F s/n 24010.

1972-01-06 Major Repair and Alteration.  Agency: Pan Air Corporation, New Orleans, LA.

Removed Narco VHF-3 Superhomer and antenna,  Installed Genavo A200A Nav. Comm and ARC A-15 antenna.  Work accomplished in accordance with AC 43.13-2 chap. 2 and 3.  Weight and balance computed.

1976-09-27 Conveyance executed by Pan Air Corporation against N6547K.
1976-12-06 Conveyance recorded by FAA (#J54046).
1979-08-07 Major Repair and Alteration.  Agency: E. F. Gatechair, Hammond, LA.

Fabricated spark plug bushings to replace pulled out heli-coil and threads from Franklin 6A8-215-B9F s/24010 engine.  Bushings fabricated from aluminum bronze conforming to ASTM spec. B-148(9c).  Center spark plug hole is standard 14 mm tapped hole.  Outside diameter machined .003 larger than 3/4"-16 NF hole which is tapped into cylinder head.  A 1/8" hole was drilled into bushing and cylinder head and a 1/8" brass shear rod was installed.  On installation the bushings were chilled and screwed into the cyl. head dry.

1981-07-31 Aircraft Bill of Sale.  Seller: William F. Kelly.  / Purchaser: Aero Services International, Inc. (Gen. Mgr: Michael Y. Brill): PO Box 26425, New Orleans, LA 70186, USA.
1981-09-18 Conveyance recorded by FAA (#V53217).
1981-07-31 Aircraft Registration Application by Aero Services International, Inc. (Gen. Mgr: Michael Y. Brill).
1981-09-18 C of R issued to: Aero Services International, Inc. (Gen. Mgr: Michael Y. Brill): PO Box 26425, New Orleans, LA 70186, USA.
1982-04-18 Aircraft Bill of Sale.  Seller: Aero Services International, Inc. (Gen. Mgr: Michael Y. Brill). / Purchaser: Keith T. McMurray; 2415 South Hills Drive, Missoula, MT 59803, USA.
1982-05-05 Aircraft Registration Application by Keith T. McMurray.
1982-10-27 Conveyance recorded by FAA (#G52635).
1982-10-27 C of R issued to: Keith T. McMurray; 2415 South Hills Drive, Missoula, MT 59803, USA.
1984-06-25 Aircraft Bill of Sale.  Seller: Keith T. McMurray; Missoula, MT, USA, / Purchasers: Joseph Curt Corbi; 110 Seagull Drive, Rehoboth, DE 19771, USA.
Co-owner: James L. Rogers; 1218 Airy Street, Morristown, PA 19401, USA.
1984-??-?? C of R issued to: Joseph Curt Corbi; 2125 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA. 
Co-owner: James L. Rogers; 1218 Airy Street, Morristown, PA 19401, USA.
1987-09-28 Aircraft Bill of Sale.  Sellers: Joseph Curt Corbi/James L. Rogers. / Purchaser: Seabee, Inc. (President: Joseph C. Corbi): PO Box 126, Wynnewood, PA 19096, USA.
1987-09-28 Aircraft Registration Application by Seabee, Inc.
1987-12-01 Conveyance recorded by FAA (#K75903).
1987-12-01 C of R issued to: Seabee, Inc. (President: Joseph C. Corbi): PO Box 126, Wynnewood, PA 19096, USA. 
1991-09-30 Major Repair and Alteration.  Agency: Charles Sanderson, Downingtown, PA.

Replaced damaged skin on underneath of Hull as illustrated (27" from step and forward).

  1. Patch (1) piece same as original material full width.
  2. Splice pattern as shown in 43:13-1A Page 50-Par 97 and 100-b.
  3. Rivet count taken from 43:13-A figure 2.18.
1995-05-15 Collateral released from the terms of conveyance.  Pan Air Corporation.
1995-05-30 Major Repair and Alteration. Agency: Alex Sheves, West Chester, PA.
  1. Installed STS Loran-C110 in instrument panel radio rack (Station 40.5).  Installation is in accordance with STS instructions and AC 43.13-2A, Chapter 2, Para. 23e and Fig. 2-2.
  2. Installed antenna on top of cabin at Station 69.5 in accordance with AC 43.13-2A Chapter 3, Para. 38b, Fig. 3.5.
  3. Electrical power was supplied from a 3A circuit breaker.
  4. The Loran-C was installed as supplemental equipment in a "stand alone" configuration, to be used for VFR flight only.
  5. The instrument panel was placarded "Loran-C not certified for IFR".
  6. Performed electrical load analysis and maximum continuous electrical load was 17.6 amperes, which does not exceed 80% of the generator capacity (35A).
  7. All work was performed using instructions furnished with the Loran-C, AC20-121A guidelines, and the applicable provisions of AC 43.13-1A, Chapters 11 and 15, and AC 43.13-2A, Chapters 2 and 3.
  8. Compass checked for deviation, equipment list revised, and new weight and balance data entered in the aircraft records.

03 June 1995; A test flight was performed to insure that the Loran-C equipment is not a source of objectional electromagnetic interference (EMI), does not interfere with the normal operation of other equipment installed in the aircraft, is functioning properly and safely, and operates in accordance with the manufacturers specifications.

1995-10-27 Aircraft Bill of Sale.  Seller: Seabee Inc., (President: Joseph C. Corbi) / Purchaser: Raptors Inc. (President: Karl M. Bennett); Three Christina Centre, 201 North Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801-3933, USA.
1995-10-27 Aircraft Registration Application by Karl M. Bennett, president of Raptors Inc.
1995-12-20 Conveyance recorded by FAA (#II004545/46).
1995-12-20 C of R issued to: Raptors Inc. (President: Karl M. Bennett); 201 North Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801-3933, USA.
2005-12-23 Aircraft Bill of Sale.  Seller: Raptors Inc. / Purchaser: Karl M. Bennett; 228 Warm Springs Terrace, Wellington, FL 33414-3950, USA.
2006-01-20 Aircraft Registration Application by Karl M. Bennett.
2006-03-17 Conveyance recorded by FAA (#X150757).
2006-03-17 C of R issued to: Karl M. Bennett; 228 Warm Springs Terrace, Wellington, FL 33414-3950, USA.
2007-04-16 Major Repair and Alteration. Agency: Charles R. Fifield Jt., Riviera Beach, FL.

Repair was made on the aft cabin skin reinforcement gussets (SB#48) that support the lower hat channels and skin.  On the right side, the bottom rivets were replaced with cherry max rivets, CR3243-5-6 & CR3243-5-5 according to the thickness of skins, using existing holes.  Extra rivets were also used to strengthen upper skin to hat channels.  Cherry max rivets CR3243-4-3, CR3243-4-5.  On the left side cherry max rivets CR3243-4-3 & CR3243-5-4 were installed where some were missing using the same holes and adding extra rivets for reinforcing.

All work accomplished as per AC 43-12-1B pg 4-39 - table 4-9, rivet spacing, pg 4-20 - fig 4-5 rivet spacing & edge distance, pg 4-24 - fig 4-9 cherry max rivets.  And FAR 43:13, paragraph 9 (a), (b) & (c).  Log book entry made.

2009 Karl Bennett is selling his Seabee located at Lantana, Florida.  Engine B9F TT 189 SMOH, Fan Spinner, Prop 5 hrs Since New, Overhead Controls, Narco 12D, AT 150, STS Loran, Sigtronics Intercom, Electric Turn & Bank, D/G, Art. Horizon, Flush Gas Door, Steerable Tail wheel, Wide spray Rails, All New Tires

Price: $35,000 Call Les Christianson at 561) 866 6083 or (561) 241-7324

2009-09-28 Aircraft Bill of Sale.  Seller: Karl M. Bennett. / Purchaser: Per Otto Leth-Olsen; Fagerneset 57, NO-7057 Jonsvatnet, Norway.
2009-09-13 Export Certificate of Airworthiness # E449888 issued by FAA.
A/C Total Time: 1,979.6 hrs
Engine model: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F s/n 24010
Engine Total Time: 939.0 hrs
TSOH: 184.0 hrs
Propeller model: Hartzell HC-D2MV20-3 s/n AV414, TT 0.0 hrs
2009-10-15 Cancellation of registration requested by new owner Per Otto Leth-Olsen, Norway.
2009-10-30 Cancelled from US CAR.  Exported to Norway.
LN-PLO 2009-10-23 Registration reserved for Per Otto Leth-Olsen; Jonsvatnet, Norway.
2009-10-?? Shipped to Norway by container ship.
2009-10-?? Arrived Oslo, Norway, by container ship.
2009-10-?? Transported by train Oslo - Værnes/Stjørdal.
2010-07-01 C of R and C of A issued to:

Per Otto Leth-Olsen
Fagerneset 57
NO-7057 Jonsvatnet
Norway 

Tel: 73 83 98 34 / 951 54 396
e-mail: perottle@online.no 

2011-10-08 First test flight from Værnes Airport (ENVA) after complete restoration by owner.
2011-10-15 First landings on water, at Jonsvatnet, Trondheim.
2013/2014 Extended wings added.  New paint scheme (color stripes) added.
  Sources: Kay Hagby.
US CAR.
Andreas Sundt.
William T. Larkins.
Steve Mestler (IRSOC) www.republicseabee.com 
Per Otto Leth-Olsen.
Jan H. Vold.
Erlend Karlsen.

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12 June 2012
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Værnes Airport, Norway
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