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Photo: Mike Henniger 2006

CF-FOY
Photo: © courtesy  Mike R. Henniger
 

It is more than half a century since the last Seabee amphibian rolled off the production lines at Republic Aviation Corp.  This fact alone makes the Seabee a historical airplane.

The Seabee was one of the most popular bushplanes and air ambulances in the late 1940ies and in the 1950ies in countries like Canada, Norway, Sweden and USA.  Many stories can be told about life-saving missions flown by hero Seabee pilots to rescue seriously ill persons from remote islands and wilderness.  There are also stories of Seabee pilots making 'impossible' take offs and landings from small lakes to bring in supplies to hunters and trappers - and to fly out their catches. 

Even today, year 2009, a few Seabees are still earning their keep commercially - as bushplanes, air taxis and school planes!  In the World of Aviation, probably only the DC-3 transports have had longer commercial careers than the Seabees...

Even if the Seabees seem to last forever, fortunately some Seabees have been retired to be preserved for the future.  This section of the Seabee web-site will list all Seabees known to be stored, preserved and displayed in Museums, as Gate Guards, at malls, parks etc.

If you have any information, photos or corrections on any Seabee on display, please contact Webmaster at e-mail:

 

CF-DKG (S/N 822)

CF-DKG

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
822 CF-DKG Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre;
50 Pim Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Canada P6A 3G4
Acquired Airdale Flying Services in 1999?  Displayed in yellow/black color scheme.
Photo: © Please tell me!
 

 

CF-DYJ (S/N 135)

CF-DYJ Photo: Don Hewins

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
135 CF-DYJ Canadian Museum of Flight;
Hangar 3, Langley Airport
#200 - 5333 216th Street
Langley, British Columbia
Canada  V2Y 2N3

Tel: (604) 532-0035
Fax: (604) 532-0056
Seabee not on display.  Stored or sold?

Photo: © Don Hewins www.abpic.co.uk , 02 August 1994.
 

 

CF-FCD (S/N 352)

CF-FCD (Photo: George Chomokovski)

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
352 CF-FCD Western Canada Aviation Museum;
958 Ferry Rd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3H 0Y8

Tel: (204) 786-5503
Fax: (204) 775-4761
Email: info@wcam.mb.ca
Stored outdoor. This was registered to Superior Airways Ltd of Fort William, ON and crashed 01 June 1952 in the bush on the north shore of Lake Superior near Rossport, ON. Superior Airways said at the time that it was stripping the aircraft of the doors, instruments, seats, gas tank, flaps & ailerons, tail planes and other material. The wings and fuselage were left in the bush. (Information from Terry Judge 2009-04-23)
Photo: © courtesy George Chomokovski, August 2007.
 

 

CF-FOY (S/N 747)

Photo: Mike Henniger 2006

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
747 CF-FOY The Memorial Military Museum
c/o Harold Carlaw
Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0
Canada
Tel: 705-653-4848
Photo: ©courtesy  Mike R. Henniger, 08 June 2006.
 

 

CF-FSG (S/N 919)

CF-FSG

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
919 CF-FSG Desperate Dick's & Durty Nellie's Bar and Grill
12 First Avenue S., Box 176,
Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1A3
Canada
Tel: 807-737-4800
Fax: 807-737-2139 or 737-4145
E-mail: dickandnellies@bellnet.ca
Stored outdoor.

Photo: © Trevor McTavish, July 2006.

 

 

CF-JLC (S/N 710)

CF-JLC

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
710 CF-JLC The British Columbia Aviation Museum;
1910 Norseman Road
Sidney, British Columbia
Canada V8L 5V5
Donated to the Museum by Henry & Frank Norie in 1991. 
 

 

C-GCEK (S/N 149)

C-GCEK Photo courtesy Trevor McTavish

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
149 C-GCEK Reynolds-Alberta Museum;
P.O. Box 6360
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Canada T9A 2G1
Photo: © courtesy Trevor McTavish, April 2008.
 

 

I-SIBI (S/N 149)

I-SIBI

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
331 I-SIBI Stored in Trento for 'Museo Aeronautico Caproni di Taledo', Milano, Italy. Ex HB-SEA.  Aero Club "Giuseppe Ghislanzoni" di Como.
 

 

N64RN (S/N ???)

N64RN Thailand (Photo: Jean Marc Braun)

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
? N64RN Chokchai Museum
Highway #2
Pakchong
Thailand
(14.65387176° / 101.348961°). 
Photo: © courtesy of Jean Marc Braun
08 January 2016
 

 

N6202K (S/N 398)

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N6202K
The Mid Atlantic Air Museum, Pennsylvania, USA
Photo: © courtesy Daniel L. Berek

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
398 N6202K The Mid Atlantic Air Museum;
P O Box 105
Middletown, PA 17057
USA

11 Museum Drive
Reading, PA 19605

Tel: (610) 372-7333
1995-09-04 registered on US CAR to Mid Atlantic Air Museum.
 

 

N6255K (S/N 462)

N6255K

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
462 N6255K Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
319 Lexington Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-5005
USA

www.pacificaviationmuseum.org

2014-02-14 donated to museum by owner Robert A. Gould.
2014-09-16 transported by road to museum.
2014-09-18 assembly started at PAM.
2014-09-20 Photo: Robert A. Gould
Under restoration.
 

 

N6317K (S/N 540)

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Photo wanted!

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
540 N6317K Museum of American Aircraft;
21015 Skywest Drive
Hayward, CA 94541
USA
This collection was owned by Mike E. Coutches who was sadly injured when one of his Pinto jets crashed near Hayward on 19 July 1987.
 

 

N6461K (S/N 712)

N6461K - Cradle of Aviation Museum

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
712 N6461K Cradle of Aviation Museum;

Postal address:
One Davis Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
USA

Street address:
Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530
USA

Donated to the Museum by Leo Hausman.
Photo: © Derek Linder, 25 May 2003.
 

 

N6481K (S/N 736)

N6481K -Evergreen Aviation Museum

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
736 N6481K Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum,
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way,
McMinnville, Oregon 97128,
USA
Tel: 503-434-4180
www.sprucegoose.org
Restored 2005 - 2007.  Displayed in museum together with the huge Hughes H-4 Hercules ("Spruce Goose") flying boat.
Photo: © courtesy Roger "ArmyJunk", 04 August 2007.
 

 

N6485K (S/N 739)

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Photo wanted!

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
739 N6485K Museum of American Aircraft;
21015 Skywest Drive
Hayward, CA 94541
USA
This collection was owned by Mike E. Coutches who was sadly injured when one of his Pinto jets crashed near Hayward on 19 July 1987.
 

 

N6518K (S/N 784)

N6518K

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
784 N6518K Hillier Air Museum;
700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 7,
Modesto, CA 95354,
USA.

Phone: 209-526-8297
Phone: 209-985-9000

URL: http://www.hillierairmuseum.com

Flying exhibit, owned by Mr. Thomas F. Hillier.
 

 

N6525K (S/N 834)

N6525K (s/n 791) on stilts!

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
791 N6525K Manitowoc County Airport (KMTW);
Wisconsin, USA
Mounted on pylon outside airport.
Photo: © Ian Callier, 2006.
 

 

N6534K (S/N 800)

N6534K

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
800 N6534K Mason Bowling Center
Albert D. Mason
640 N Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453
USA
Tel: 978 537-7064
Tel: 617 228-5190
Seabee mounted on poles outside a bowling center, a few blocks away from Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Leominster, MA.
 

 

N6537K (S/N 803)

N6537K (Photo: Ingo Warnecke)

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
803 N6537K Southern Museum of Flight;
4343 73rd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35206
USA
On display in museum.
Photo: © Ingo Warnecke, 17 April 2008.
 

 

(N6564K) (S/N 834)

N6564K

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
834 B-61
(N6564K)
The Israel Air Force Museum; Hatzerim, Army Postal Office Box 02832, Beer Sheva
Israel

Tel:972 7 906 428
Fax: 972 7 906 314
Ex N6564K (ex Robert Hebron).  The original Seabee (N6731K/VQ-PAV/IDFAF B-61 s/n 1019) was one of the first aircraft of IDFAF.
Israeli Seabee history.
Photo: Photo: © Erez S., 05 April 2005.
 

 

N6705K (S/N 988)

N6705K

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
988 N6705K The New England Air Museum;
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
USA

Tel: (860) 623-3305
Fax: (860) 627-2820
E-mail: staff@neam.org

Donated to the Museum by owner Romeo A. Lalli's widow.  Displayed in Museum on a cermony held on 28 July 1989, celebratiing P. H. Spencer.

Photo: © Derek Linder, May 2004.

 

 

N6709K (S/N 992)

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Photo wanted!

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
992 N6709K National Air and Space Museum;
7th and Independence Ave, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
USA
Donated to the Museum by Robert N. Stine and Alexander D. MacCallum. Delivered to Hyde Field, Maryland, on September 6, 1984.  The airplane is currently stored at the Garber Facility at Suitland, Maryland.
 

 

N87482 (S/N 33)

N87482 in The Hiller Aviation Museum

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
33 N87482 The Hiller Aviation Museum;
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
USA

Tel:  (650) 654-0200
Fax:  (650) 654-0220
E-mail: museum@hiller.org
Displayed in Main Gallery, hanging in wires from the ceiling.

N87482 is still on US CAR to Wes H. Stetson, Pleasant Hill, CA, USA (1976-06-08).

Photo: © Roger Cain, 1999.
 

 

N87596 (S/N 165)

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N87596
Key West, Florida
Photo: © via John P. Hooper
S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
165 N87596 Conch Republic Trading Co;
725 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040-7403
USA

Formerly H.T. Chittum's Mercantile Store;
725 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040
USA

Displayed inside clothing store.  Red/white paint scheme and marked N87596.  Prepared by Henry Ruzakowski in 1989.  Ruzakowski is still listed in US CAR as the owner...!
 

 

OH-EGA (S/N 679)

OH-EGA

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
679 OH-EGA LUSTO - The Finnish Forest Museum
Lustontie 1,
SF-58450 Punkaharju
Finland

www.lusto.fi

lusto@lusto.fi
Phone +358 15 345 100
Telefax +358 15 345 1050
Crashed on 30 September 1958.
Under restoration for display in museum during 2012.

Photo: © Matti Mecklin, 26 May 2011.

 

 

VT-CST (S/N 33)

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Photo wanted!

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
973 VT-CST Australia's Museum of Flight;
HMAS Albatross
489 Albatross Road
Nowra, NSW
Australia

Tel: 02-44241920
Fax: 02-44241999

Ex India Seabee!  Hull only?
 

 

UNKNOWN (S/N ???)

Mini Golf Bee! Photo: Daniel L. Berek

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
? ? Runaway Bay Miniature Golf
Tupelo Bay Golf Center
1800 Business 17 South
Garden City, SC 29576
USA
Tel: (843) 215-1038
An unidentified multi-colored Seabee is displayed in this South Carolina 36-hole Jamaican-themed miniature golf course, a part of the Tupelo Bay Golf Center, south of Myrtle Beach.  "Jamaican Me Crazy" is painted on the fuselage sides.
Photo: © Daniel L. Berek
 

 

UNKNOWN (S/N ???)

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Seabee displayed at
Congo River Golf & Exploration Co.
Orlando - International Drive, Florida, USA
12 April 2005
Photo: © Derek Heley
S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
? ? Congo River Golf & Exploration Co.
6312 International Drive
Orlando, Florida
USA
An unidentified Zebra-colored Seabee is displayed in a 'Congo River' crash scene in an Orlando miniature golf course.
 

 

UNKNOWN (S/N ???)

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Photo wanted!

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
78
107
408
940
1054
N87521
N87547
N6208K
N28CB
N36WT
Philadelphia Seaplane Museum;
Philadelphia Seaplane Base
97 Wanamaber Avenue
Essington, PA 19024
USA
This museum/SPB was run by Bob Mills.  It is believed that this museum is closed and that most Seabees have been sold?
 

 

UNKNOWN (S/N ???)

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Photo wanted!

S/N Reg. No: Location: Remarks:
? ? "A Place Called Mango"
Orlando, Florida
USA
Seabee wreck restored by Henry Ruzakowski for display at a clothing store.
 

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