Republic Seabees in Mexico

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Marking the official delivery of the first Republic Seabee to go to the foreign export market outside the United States, Gordon C. Sleeper, Sales Manager of the Personal Plane Division of Republic Aviation Corporation, is bidding good-bye to Helen A. Duffy and Prosper G. Tomich, Seabee distributors for all of Mexico as they prepare to take off from Republic's Long Island Field for their flyaway trip to Mexico with XB-COH (s/n 31) in September 1946.  [Photo: Republic Aviation Corp.]

 

The Mexican Seabees appear to have been imported to Mexico by the Mexican distributor company Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico in 1947.

Very little is known about the fates of the Mexican Seabees, except for XB-DEL (s/n 742) which was exported to Norway.  May 2004 Mr. Miguel A. Narro reported that he had observed a Republic Seabee stored in a private yard in Monterrey.

If you can help with any information and photos of any Mexican Republic Seabee, please contact Webmaster (Steinar Saevdal).  Thank You!

Please visit Gary Kuhn's Latin American Aviation Historical Society (LAAHS) web site at; www.laahs.com. Thanks to John M. Davis for additional information.

S Reg. Mk: S/N: Reg. Years: Remarks:
U XB-COA 492 1947 - 1947-03-18 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico.
U XB-COB ? NTU Reserved for Seabee but not taken up.
U XB-COG 572 1947 - 1947-03-29 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. Still at Republic on 1947-04-06.
Never registered?
R XB-COH 31 1946 - 1946-09-03 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico.
U XB-DAX 573 1947 - 1947-03-29 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. Still at Republic on 1947-05-18.
U XB-DAY 136 1946 - 1946-11-16 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico.
E XB-DEL 742 1947 - 1947-05-23 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. Still at Republic on 1947-05-25. Exported to Norway as LN-OAW, later to Sweden as SE-CBW.
U XB-DIF 447 1947 - 1947-02-28 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. Still at Republic on 1947-04-13.
U XB-DIG ? NTU Reserved for Seabee but not taken up.
U XB-DIH 821 1947 - 1947-05-23 delivered to Productos Aeros Pan Americanos, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. Still at Republic on 1947-05-25. Became VR-BAC of Bermuda.
E (XB-LER)
XB-SAH
357? 1952? Ex NC6169K imported to Mexico by Clint W. Murchison; San Antonio, TX, USA, ca. 1952.  Reported as XB-LER, but probably was XB-SAH.
U XB-??? 63 1954 - Ex N87510 cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register 1954-06-07 as exported to Mexico.
  Crashed (C) / Scrapped/Destroyed (D)
  Confirmed flying (F)
  Unknown (U)/ Restoration (R) / Stored (S) / Exported (E)

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