Republic Seabees in Canada

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C-FJIT (s/n 148)
Photo: © courtesy Alban Marcoux

CF-FJG (s/n 825) of BC Airlines
Photo: © Gordon Parker - www.whiskeyjackdecals.com

No other country imported Republic Seabee amphibians in such great numbers as Canada. The Seabee amphibians were just perfect for this vast country of large remote areas of wilderness, thousands of lakes and low population density.  Canada was true bush country and in Canada the Seabee were put to hard work as commercial bushplanes.

CF-DJV Photo: Jack Zavitz

CF-DJV - the first Canadian Seabee!
Photo: © Jack Zavitz courtesy David Zavitz

The Seabees were imported in huge numbers by five major dealers and bushplane operators, one in each of the most populated provinces;  Leavens Bros. Air Service in Ontario, Pulsifer Bros. in Nova Scotia, McDonald Aviation in Alberta, Curtiss-Reid Flying Services in Quebec and MacLeod Aircraft in British Columbia.

The below list of RC-3 Seabee amphibians originally exported from manufacturer Republic Aviation Corp. to Canada is based on a Republic Seabee Deliveries list made by RAC early 1948.  This list was provided Mr. Robert Porter, WA, through Mr. Steve Mestler of International Republic Seabee Owners Club (IRSOC).

Mr. Steve Mestler generously has made this list available to the author of this website ( www.seabee.info ).  Thank you very much, Steve, for your kind support!

CF-EJI (s/n 393)
Chinook Flying Service Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada
Photo: © McTavish Family via Trevor McTavish

Chinook Flying Service Ltd. of Calgary, AB, was one of many commercial operators of Seabees in Canada. Unfortunately Chinook's operation of CF-EJI (s/n 393) was short-lived.  The Seabee that was bought for a DEW Line contract along the Arctic Coast. In 1953 Franz, Marjorie and Gerry flew to Vancouver to inspect the amphibian, which was owned by Grant McConnachie of Canadian Pacific Airlines fame.

Following the inspection and purchase Gerry was tasked with flying the plane home. Because the SeaBees and Navions had a history of loosing oil through their propellers Gerry asked about what to do in an emergency. In his typical, understated manner Franz simply said, "reach under the seat, grab the landing gear crank, throw it out the door and follow it down." SeaBees were known to be notoriously poor gliders. Gerry only flew it a short while longer, then it was sent to Fort Smith, BC while enroute to the Arctic. With Lloyd Smith at the controls and approaching for landing, he pulled the mixture to cutoff instead of the carburetor heat. Powerless, the SeaBee crashed into the trees, injuring Lloyd and killing the only passenger.

To read more about Chinook Flying Service and their aircraft, please visit Trevor McTavish's website.

CF-GAD (s/n 965)
Photo: © John Davies

CF-JLI (s/n 1048)
Photo: Courtesy Jim Newton
 

CF-DLV

CF-DLV
Kedge Lodge, Nova Scotia, Canada
1940s
Photo: © courtesy of Rick Young

Photo

Reg. No S/N Delivered Dealer Remarks
N87550 CF-BFR 111     Ex N87550
1992/04/01 cancelled.
CF-BKU 831     Ex N6561K

2008-09-25
Jean Pinard; 137, Route 123, Lac-au-Saumon, Quebec G0J 1M0, Canada.

CF-DJV CF-DJV 45 1946/08/31 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.

2002/08/13 cancelled.

CF-DJW 87 1946/10/08 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.
Cancelled.
CF-DJX CF-DJX 242 1947/01/14 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. 1990-05-23 cancelled.
To N7137B.
CF-DJY CF-DJY 391 1947/02/28 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. 2002-04-09
Brad Gemmer; 9060-24th Street, Edmonton,  Alberta T6P 1X2, Canada.
CF-DJZ 453 1947/03/06 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. Cancelled from Canadian CAR.
CF-DKA CF-DKA 515 1947/03/24 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. 2006-05-23
Heinz Rohner; P.O. Box 698, Elk Point, Alberta T0A 1A0, Canada.
CF-DKB CF-DKB 569 1947/03/31 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. Cancelled from Canadian CAR.
CF-DKC 622 1947/04/08 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. Cancelled from Canadian CAR.
CF-DKD 623 1947/04/10 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.
Cancelled from Canadian CAR.
CF-DKE 741 1947/04/26 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. Cancelled from Canadian CAR.
CF-DKF 740 1947/05/06 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. Cancelled from Canadian CAR.
C-FDKG CF-DKG 822 1947/05/21 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. 1999-05-06
The Ontario Bushplane Heritage And Forest Fire Educational Centre; 50 Pim Street, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario P6A 3G4, Canada.
CF-DKH 840 1947/05/27 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
C-FDKI CF-DKI 912 1947/06/06 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. To N6115A.
CF-DKJ 793 1947/05/26 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. To N378NK, C-GLYI.
CF-DKK 836 1947/05/27 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKL CF-DKL 837 1947/05/27 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKM 839 1947/06/03 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKN 1012 1947/07/23 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKO 809 1947/06/16 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKP 810 1947/06/16 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKQ 916 1947/06/18 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKR 917 1947/06/18 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. 1948/05/30 crashed Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.  Engine failure.

1949/06/27 cancelled from Canadian CAR.

CF-DKS CF-DKS 918 1947/06/23 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. Under restoration by
David and Helen Patchett
4011 Halliday Road
Vale, Oregon 97918
USA.
CF-DKT 921 1947/06/23 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. 1948/03/30 crashed Elk Lake, Ontario, Canada.

1961/03/23 cancelled from Canadian CAR.

CF-DKU 922 1947/06/25 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKV 923 1947/06/25 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
C-FDKW CF-DKW 924 1947/07/08 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKX 925 1947/07/17 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DKY 1023 1947/08/20 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-DLN 69 1946/09/26 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
CF-DLO 133 1946/11/15 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CF-DLP 245 1947/01/17 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia. To C-GAJH, N245RC.
CF-DLQ 394 1947/02/25 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
CF-DLR 519 1947/03/21 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1990/11/28 cancelled.
To N230F.
CF-DLS 627 1947/04/08 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
CF-DLT 745 1947/04/28 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
CF-DLU 746 1947/05/25 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
CF-DLV CF-DLV 759 1947/05/16 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia. Cancelled from Candian CAR.
C-FDLX CF-DLX 1016 1947/07/18 Pulsifer Bros., Ltd.,  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
C-FDOQ C-FDOQ 934 2005/05/13 Michael Lush;
873501 5th Line,
Orangeville, Ontario
L9W 2Z2, Canada.
Robinson V8 engine conversion.
CF-DYE CF-DYE 395 1947/02/24 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
CF-DYF 520 1947/03/24 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta. 1950/08/24 Point Roberts, Washington, USA.
Crashed during cross country flight. Stall/spin.
Pilot/owner R. S. McPherson was killed.
AD Files # 5002-246 / 5802-5051
CF-DYG CF-DYG 626 1947/04/25 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
CF-DYH 246 1947/01/17 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
C-FDYI CF-DYI 72 1946/10/13 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
CF-DYJ 135 1946/11/20 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
CF-ECR 59 1946/09/26 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec. 1948/07/08 Toronto, Ontario; A/c took off, reached approximately 200' then started to lose altitude.  In order to avoid localizer house and bush in line of take off, pilot turned left and landed in open field.  

To VP-GAP, N174G.

CF-ECS 84 1946/10/23 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-ECT 243 1947/01/28 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-ECU CF-ECU 392 1947/02/24 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec. Became CF-FRX.
CF-ECV CF-ECV 516 1947/04/01 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-ECW CF-ECW 570 1947/04/01 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec. 2001/10/22 C of R cancelled.
CF-ECX 620 1947/04/15 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.
CF-ECY 621 1947/04/15 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-ECZ 781 1947/05/01 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-EII CF-EII        
CF-EJE 71 1946/10/13 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-EJF 134 1946/11/14 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-EJG CF-EJG 244 1947/01/09 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C. 1984/05/16 cancelled.
To N5090J.
CF-EJH 98 1947/02/?? MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C. Ex N87538.
CF-EJI CF-EJI 393 1947/02/24 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C. Crashed 1953.
CF-EJJ 452 1947/02/28 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-EJK 517 1947/03/21 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C. 2011 to USA as N447ZK.
CF-EJL 571 1947/03/31 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.
1978/09/21 cancelled.
CF-EJM 521 1947/03/24 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C. 1952/11/?? cancelled.
CF-EJN 624 1947/04/08 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
C-FESQ C-FESQ 884 1957/03/31 Sudbury Aviation Ltd.
Azilda, Ontario.
Ex N6611K.

Under restoration?

C-FESU CF-ESU 631   N/A Ex N6393K. 
To N3500G, N129JS.
C-FZYL CF-EVE 003 2011/10/26 André Durocher
40 rue Principale
Gatineau, Quebec J9H 3L1
Canada
Ex C-FZYL.

Robinson V8 engine conversion.

CF-FCD CF-FCD 352 1952/04/01 Superior Airways
Fort William, Ontario
Canada
Ex N6164K.

1952/06/01 crashed in the bush 3 miles north of Rossport, Ontario, Canada. 
Operated by Superior Airways.
To
Western Canada Aviation Museum; Winnipeg, Manitoba

CF-FCG 887 2003/11/28 Steven Foster
7538 McCordick Rd, R.R.#4
Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0 Canada
Ex N6614K.
CF-FGW Photo: Steve Homewood CF-FGW 417 1952/07/?? Russell L. Bradley Corp.
Ontario
Canada
Ex N6214K.
CF-FJF 744 1947/05/06 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
CF-FJG 825 1947/05/15 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
CF-FJH 866 1947/06/10 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.  
CF-FJI CF-FJI 867 1947/06/10 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta. 1950/09/05 crashed near Bonanza Lake, BC, Canada, after engine failure.
CF-FJJ CF-FJJ 1014 1947/09/10 McDonald Aviation Co., Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta. 1959/09/28 Written off, landing accident Monkman Lake, BC, Canada.

1963/01/30 cancelled from Canadian CAR.

CF-FKA 90     Ex NC87530.

1947/01/31 - 1958/08/18
on Canadian CAR.  WFU?

 

CF-FLO 625 1947/04/08 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-FLP 743 1947/04/25 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-FLQ 841 1947/05/28 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-FLR CF-FLR 913 1947/06/04 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.

1951/02/21 sank in Lund, British Columbia.  Damaged beyond repair.

1951/04/23 cancelled from Canadian CAR.

C-FFLS CF-FLS 869 1947/05/28 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C. 1990/05/29 cancelled from Canadian CAR.
CF-FLT 870 1947/05/28 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-FLU CF-FLU 1013 1947/06/14 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-FLV 943 1947/07/08 MacLeod Aircraft, Ltd., Vancouver, B. C.  
CF-FOC 542 1947/03/28 Aircraft Services Ltd., St. James, Manitoba.  
CF-FOT 628 1947/04/10 Aircraft Services (Western), Ltd., St. James, Manitoba.  
CF-FOW CF-FOW 656 1947/04/19 Northwest Air Services, Inc., Seattle, WA, USA.  
CF-FOY 747 1947/05/02 Aircraft Services (Western), Ltd., St. James, Manitoba. Museum.
CF-FSA 826 1947/05/20 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-FSB 911 1947/06/05 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-FSC 871 1947/06/03 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-FSD CF-FSD 1011 1947/07/16 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec. 1948/06/23 La Tuque, Province du Québec; After take off undercarriage was selected up, but before it was raised hydraulic pressure fell to zero.  Pilot J. Rivard forced to land on hull.
CF-FSE 859 1947/06/16 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.
1948/05/20: Papinachois, Province du Québec; crashed on take off from airfield.  Substantial damage.
CF-FSF CF-FSF 896 1947/06/21 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-FSG CF-FSG 919 1947/06/21 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-FSH 948 1947/08/01 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-FSI 949 1947/08/18 Curtiss-Reid Flying Services, Ltd.; Montreal, Quebec.  
CF-FUA 827 1947/05/22 Aircraft Services (Western), Ltd., St. James, Manitoba.  
CF-FUB 868 1947/06/03 Aircraft Services (Western), Ltd., St. James, Manitoba. To N868CB, C-GNUN.
CF-FVS 424     Ex N6221K.
CF-FVV 1051 1948/??/??    
CF-FVW 1052 1948/??/??    
CF-FXS CF-FXS 1040 1952/12/?? William W. Moffatt
Willowdale, Ontario.
1961/10/31 crashed 1/4 mile east of Edmonton Municipal Airport, Alberta, Canada, after engine failure on take off.  Hit power lines when making emergency landing. Pilot/owner seriously injured.
CF-FZY CF-FZY 882 1969/05/22 Roy Bradley
575 Sisson Settlement Road
Burtt's Corner, NB E6L 1Y5.
Ex N6609K.

Current.

CF-GAA 1010 1947/09/18 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-GAB CF-GAB 963 1947/09/23 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.
N937Z CF-GAC 964 1947/09/30 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. To N937Z.
CF-GAD CF-GAD 965 1947/09/30 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-GAE 1038 1947/09/30 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-GAF 1039 1947/09/30 Leavens Bros. Air Services, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.  
CF-GLP 550      
C-FGPY 612      
CF-GRL CF-GRL 1060 1949/07/27 Purchased by Craig Bit Company of North Bay, Ontario, Canada, from Aero Services Corporation, Philadelphia 20, PA, USA Ex NC6770K.
1958-06-28 Heavy landing Farquhar Lake (45°04'N, 78°12'W), after landing down wind (15-20 kts).  The keel broken.  The aircraft turned on its back.
1959/01/22 cancelled from Canadian CAR.
N87578 CF-GTW 145 1950/??/?? Robert Lamm
Ontarion Central Airlines
Ex NC87578.
1960/09/20 Accident at Walls Pond, Newfoundland.
CF-GYW CF-GYW 706 1951/??/?? 1965&08/30
Kirk Oviatt
1526-925 Georgia West
Vancouver, BC V6C 1R5
Canada
Ex NC6455K.
CF-GZX CF-GZX 593 1951/??/??   Ex NC6364K.

GM LS2 engine conversion.

CF-HHS CF-HHS 281 1953/??/?   Ex NC6098K.

GM engine conversion.

Current.

CF-HPH CF-HPH 235 1955/??/??   Ex NC6060K.
CF-HPK CF-HPK 576 1954/??/??   Ex NC6347K
Crashed 1957-11-21 Lac Simon, Quebec.
2007-10-02 wreck found.
2008-05-14 wreck recovered.
CF-HTW 941      
CF-HYD CF-HYD 855 2013/02/26 Terry R. Matthews
PO Box 1196
Camrose, Alberta T4V 1X2.
Ex N6582K.
CF-IFD 672     Ex N6427K
1998/03/24 cancelled.
To N672CB.
CF-ILM (Photo: Blair Robinson) CF-ILM 881     Robinson V8 Engine conversion.
CF-ISW CF-ISW 1008 1956/05/18 W. L. Kerr Ex N6725K.
1972-06-02 Crashed 5 miles NE of the southern tip of Lac La Hache lake in central British Columbia, Canada. Owner Ken Culvert and his best friend Dale were killed.  They were flying from Richmond, BC. 
CF-JBN CF-JBN 779 1956/04/??   1970/06/00 cancelled from Canadian CAR.

To N11NW.

C-FJIT C-FJIT 148     1999-05-04
Henri Briaco
415 Denoirmoutier, Apt. 6
Laval, Quebec H7N 5V4
Canada
CF-JKS CF-JKS 603 1956/11/??   Ex N6374K.
To N10198.
CF-JLI 1048 1948/   (NC6760K)
CF-KCB CF-KCB 853 1964/02/03   Ex N6580K, C-FKKK, C-FKCB.
CF-LPB CF-LPB 990 1959/04/??   Ex NC6707K.

Cancelled 1973.

CF-LPG CF-LPG 348 1959/??/??   Ex NC6160K.

1983-11-17
Kenneth Turnbull
1370 Beach Grove Road
Delta, BC V4L 1N6.

CF-LTA CF-LTA 195     Ex N6025K.  Exported to Turks & Caicos Islands as VQ-TPA.
CF-MYG 227      
CF-MYT CF-MYT 1025 1960/??/??   Turbomeca Astazou II turbine engine.
C-FOME C-FOME 001 2010/05/05 Charles R. Joy
2461 Westdel Bourne Road
London, Ontario
N6K 4R2, Canada.
Robinson V8 engine conversion.
C-FOXP CF-OXP 844 1963/08/26 2011/09/01
Lloyd Smith
6023 4th Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T2K 4Z5
Canada
Ex N6571K.

Current.

CF-XNT CF-XNT        
C-FZYL C-FZYL 003 2009/07/30 Eric B. Robinson Limited
12 Hardwood Street
Kirkfield, Ontario K0M 2B0
Canada.
To CF-EVE.
C-GAJH 245 1947/01/17   Ex CF-DLP.
1984/10/24 cancelled.
To N245RC.
C-GCEK C-GCEK 149   Reynolds-Alberta Museum
P.O. Box 6360
Wetaskiwin
Alberta T9A 2G1
Ex N87581.
In museum.
C-GGXD C-GGXD 441 1977/??/??   1999/01/29 cancelled.
To 5B-CJJ, N6288C.
N378NK C-GLYI 793 2011/08/12 Kenneth E. Kunz
303 - 1300 Hunter Road
Delta, British Columbia
V4L 1Y8, Canada.
Ex CF-DKJ, N378NK.
Robinson V8 engine conversion.
C-GNUN photo wanted! C-GNUN 868 2011/12/01 Steven Kiansky
Box 185
Vita, Manitoba R0A 2K0
Canada.
Ex CF-FUB, N868CB.
Base: Altona (CJL6), Manitoba.
VO-ABG 73 1946/10/03 Newfoundland Aero Sales, St. Johns, Newfoundland.  
VO-ABI 698 1947/04/28 Newfoundland Aero Sales & Services, St. Johns, Newfoundland.  
           

Drawing by Jack Schofield

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