REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 950

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N114N (Photo: Masaaki Hayakawa)

N114N
NAS Atsugi, Japan
12 December 1971
Photo: courtesy of Masaaki Hayakawa

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 950
Manufacturing Date: 1947-05-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
Lycoming GO-480-G1D6 (295 hp) Simuflight engine conversion.
Remarks: Droop tips, large spray rails, quick disconnect gear, bilge pump, stall warning, carb air temperature, Alcor fuel totalizer.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6671K 1947-05-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-05-?? Test flight.
1947-07-30 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corp. to Philadelphia Aviation Corp.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
1962-07-12 Observed/photographed at Haneda International Airport, Japan.
  1969-??-?? Acquired by NAS Atsugi Aero Club; NAS Atsugi, Japan.
????-??-?? Cancelled from US CAR.
N114N ????-??-?? Registered on US CAR.  (Possibly N820BB in between?).
1971-??-?? Operated from NAS Atsugi, Japan.
1972-02-15 During landing training on Lake Kasumigaura, located 60 km NE of Tokyo, the aircraft water-looped, nosed over and sank.  The 50 year old flight instructor (620 hrs on type) and the student escaped without any injuries.

Departure point was Atsugi NAF (Naval Air Facility), located 4.6 miles NE of Atsugi.  Atsugi is a city approximately 41 km from Tokyo.

The aircraft was salvaged and supposedly returned to the USA for rebuild.

????-??-?? Louis Gerlinger III; PO Box 6320, San Diego, California 92106, USA.
1987-03-?? For sale with B9F engine, 43 SMOH, 495 TT, droop tips, large spray rails, quick disconnect gear, bilge pump, stall warning, carb air temperature, Alcor fuel totalizer, complete avionics.  Needs annual and paint.  PO Box 89309, San Diego, California 92138, USA.
1987-07-18 Darrell L. Davey; 6613 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, California 93010, USA.
1990-09-29 Accident on lake at Lakeport, California (NTSB LAX90LA330).  Aircraft substantially damaged.

After completing a water landing the pilot taxied his amphibian airplane, on the step, towards his parking area.  The left float submerged and the left wing dragged, resulting in asymmetrical loading of the airframe and substantially damaging the aircraft.

The 52-year old pilot and the three passengers were uninjured.

1991-??-?? Simuflight Lycoming GO-480-G1D6 (295 hp) engine conversion installed.
1995-06-09 Approximately 1200 Pacific daylight time, N114N experienced a loss of engine power while on final approach to Blakely Island Airport (S08), Blakely Island, Washington. The airplane landed short of the runway and collapsed the landing gear. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed by a post crash fire. The commercial pilot and his passenger were not injured. The flight had departed from Anacortes, Washington, at 1145.

The pilot stated that a landing approach was initiated for runway 19. While on final approach, the airplane was low and the pilot added power, however, the pilot stated that the engine did not respond. The airplane landed approximately 20 feet short of the edge of the runway, bounced and touched down again at the edge of the runway. The landing gear collapsed as the airplane slid on its belly for approximately 400 feet down the runway. After the airplane came to rest and the two occupants were exiting, a fire ignited and consumed the engine and airframe. Neither pilot/owner nor passenger were injured.

Due to the extent of fire damage to the engine, it could not be determined if there were any mechanical failures or malfunctions.

Airframe total time: 1637 hrs.  Date of last annual inspection: 10/1994.  Time since last inspection: 30 hrs.

1996-08-21 Cancelled from US CAR as "destroyed".
  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List
Masaaki Hayakawa
Barry Collman
 

N6671K

N6671K

N6671K

Haneda International Apt, Japan
1962-07-12
Photo: Please tell me!
NAS Atsugi, Japan
1969
Photo: Please tell me!
NAS Atsugi, Japan
1969-12-09
Photo: Masaaki Hayakawa

N114N

N114N

N114N

NAS Atsugi, Japan
1971-12-12
Photo: Masaaki Hayakawa
NAS Atsugi, Japan
1971-12-12
Photo: Masaaki Hayakawa
NAS Atsugi, Japan
1972-02-14
Photo: Masaaki Hayakawa

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