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Windsor Locks,CT 06096
N 41d 56' 512" W 72d 41' 36"  
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New England Air Museum
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.

The RC-3's designer for Republic was Alexander Kartveli who became one of the most significant, innovative and influential aircraft designers not only in the U.S. but in the world. His other designs included for Republic the P-47 'Thunderbolt,' the F-84 'Thunderjet' and F-84F 'Thunderstreak,' the F-105 'Thunderchief,' and for Fairchild the A-10 'Thunderbolt II.' You can learn more about Mr. Kartveli and his designs at www.alexanderkartveli.com.

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.

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Specifications

Length: 27' 10"
Wingspan: 37' 8"
Height: 10' 1"
Empty Weight: 2,190 lbs.
Gross Weight: 3,150 lbs.
Cruise Speed: 103 mph
Maximum Speed: 117 mph
Range: 520 mi.
Service Ceiling: 12,000'
Powerplant: Franklin 6A8-215-B9F
Year: 1947
Location: Civilian Hangar

 


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