CHARLES R. JOY THUNDERBEE # 001

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C-FOME

C-FOME
Lakeland - Linder Regional (LAL / KLAL), Florida, USA
29 March 2011
Photo: © Brian G. Nichols

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Charles R. Joy; Ontario, Canada.
Model: Thunderbee
Type Certificate No: CAR Standard 549 - Amateur Built Aircraft
Serial Number: 001
Manufacturing Date: 2010
Engine: GM LS-1 V8 engine.
320 HP
Remarks: Original Republic RC-3 Seabee used as basis of build: UNKNOWN!
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
C-FOME 2010-??-?? Manufacturing Date.
2010-??-?? First test flight.
2010-05-05 C of R issued to:
Charles R. Joy; 2461 Westdel Bourne Road, London, Ontario N6K 4R2, Canada.

(Co-owner: Buzz Hale; Victor, Montana, USA).

2011-04-?? EAA Sun'n Fun 2011 - "Grand Champion Seaplane".
2011-07-31 EAA Airventure 2011 - "Silver Lindy" Award.
 

Buzz Hale comments:

C-FOME began life as a standard 1947 Republic RC-3 Seabee.  In 2005 we began a complete bare-hull restoration to restore the aircraft to the state of the art technology available today.

The primary modification was the installation of the Robinson LS V8 engine conversion, incorporating a Chevy LS-1 engine of 320HP, Freon air conditioning, and fully digital avionics package, with a dual channel autopilot and dual battery backup systems.

The baggage compartment door was enlarged and the compartment extended by relocating the aileron cables.  This gives us lots of room for gear and luggage.  We have demonstrated 1000lb useful load off the water or land.

The hydraulic system was removed and an all-electric landing gear system was engineered to replace the original hydraulic rams.

Unique to this aircraft is the billet aluminum machined control column extensions and control knobs, featuring control wheels salvaged from an Airbus A300.

Typical operation at 2,500ft with 23” MAP and 3300RPM results in 102 knots TAS, using 11 gallons per hour with the economical option of premium automotive, marine or 100LL fuel!   Useable fuel is 75 gal. 

In its current trim of removable vinyl appliqué, we have dedicated C-FOME to the fighting men and women of Canada’s 415 Squadron who operated with honor and meritorious service from 1941 to 2005.  Their missions included torpedo bombing, anti-submarine patrol, air-sea search and rescue, and coastline maritime patrol, over the English Channel and North Sea from the United Kingdom and over the Atlantic from Canada. 

In keeping with the Republic naming protocol of ThunderBolt, ThunderJet, ThunderStreak and ThunderChief, we named our series of highly modified seaplanes the ThunderBee!

   
  Sources: Canadian Civil Aircraft Register

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