Republic RC-3 'Seabee'
Gift of the Romeo A. Lalli Estate
The "Seabee" is a unique four place amphibian produced by Republic Aviation of Farmingdale, L.I., N.Y. right after World War II and originally sold for about $6,000. The plane is based on a concept of Connecticut native Percival H. Spencer and was designed to be a low cost utilitarian sport airplane.
Even though it has been out of production for over 60 years, the Seabee remains a popular amphibian aircraft, and many believe it is the best single-engined amphibian ever built due to its utility, ruggedness and water handling.
The plane is currently undergoing a restoration of its interior. The photo of the aircraft is as of April 9, 2013.