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Here is a collection of Seabee stories and memories submitted by visitors to these web-pages. If you have any Seabee stories to tell, please e-mail and I will add your story!  No story is too little!  And remember; a photo often tells more than a thousand words...

 

   
   
Recovery of a Seabee (CF-FCD)

Recovery of a Seabee

01 June 1952: Pilot John William Donaldson is flying a Republic Seabee amphibian, CF-CDL (# 352) over the bush country of Ontario, Canada.  He is alone in the airplane, enjoying the freedom of flight in true "Seabee" country...  Suddenly his heart makes a big jump; the engine changes noise!   More...

   
   
   
The Rise and Fall of a Bee (N6019K)

The Rise and Fall of a Bee

In 2008 Mr Allen K. Young donated his Republic RC-3 Seabee amphibian N6019K (s/n 189) to  Airpower Museum in Iowa.  This is the story of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that for two years struggled to get  N6019K to fly again - to get her from Charles City, Iowa, to her new home in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Sadly, this is also the story of a tragic loss... More...

   
   
   
Crop Dusting Seabee

Crop Dusting Seabee

Equipped with Tyler's patented aerial spraying rig for crop dusting, forest spraying, mosquito eradication and other pest control operations!  More...

   
   
   
Some memories of The Surprising Seabee

The Surprising Seabee

They announced that I had made a big mistake landing there as I would not have room to get the Seabee out again. I said they did not know what they were talking about!  More...

   
   
   
Seabee - A piece of cake!

Seabee - A piece of cake!

What is a proper birthday gift for the birthday of a genuine Seabee enthusiast?  More...

   
   
   
Seabee ferry flight USA to Sweden

Ferry flight across the Atlantic

In 1991, ferry pilot Bill Evans flew Seabee N6055K (s/n 230) from USA to Sweden via Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Norway.  This is the story.  More...

   
   
   
Commodore Air Service

Commodore Air Service

One of the more legendary commercial Seabee operators in the USA is Commodore Air Service, that operated out of the Commodore Seaplane Base in Sausalito, California.  More...

   
   
   
Lost Seabee found after 50 years!

Lost Seabee Found After 50 Years

On November 21st, 1957 four men and a hunting dog disappeared with the airplane, when a Seabee flying the hunters crashed and disappeared in bad weather.  Over the past fifty years the mysterious disappearance of the Seabee aircraft turned to legend in the Lac Simon area. 2007, Guy Morin and Chris Koberstein finally located the aircraft.  More...

   
   
   

Loyd Atkinson And His 'Bees!

Lloyd Atkinson And His 'Bees

Dave Atkinson remembers his father's experiences and stories from owning three Seabees...  More...

   
   
   

Tex Rankin

Tex Rankin

Charlie Spurrier tells the story of one of the saddest days in the history of the Seabee...  More...

   
   
   

Seabee dissected!

Seabee Dissected

NASA looks into the future of personal air transportation by studying the successes of the past...  More...

   
   
   

My First Love!

My First Love

Mr. Keith Hiebert tells the stories of his dad operating Seabees in Alaska - and why the Seabee was his first love when he was a kid...  More...

   
   
   

Moody's Camp

Moody's Camp

Mr. Dennis McDowell discovered some old photos of a strange looking airplane, when making the family photo album.  More...

   
   
   

Dr. Hankwitz...

Dr. Hankwitz' Seabee

In 1947 Dr. Arthur Walter Hankwitz and his wife, Ione, bought a factory fresh Republic Seabee, NC6256K.  More...

   
   
   

Visiting South Africa

Visiting South Africa

Early December 2003, Steinar Saevdal visited Cape Town, South Africa, and had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mark Becker and seeing Seabee ZS-ORX - the only Seabee flying in Africa.  Here is the Report...

   
   
   

Indiana Memories

Kent Ewing remembers his father's rebuilding of Seabee N6669K in 1957.  More...

   
   
   

Herman Kurth's Seabees

Herman Kurth tells his memories from owning three different Seabees 1957 - 1967.  More...

   

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