Republic RC-3 “Seabee”

Republic RC-3 “Seabee” at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Amphibious sport aircraft
Crew:   1
First Flight:   
Capacity:   3 passengers
Length:   27' 10”
Height:   10' 1”
Wingspan:   37' 8”
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   2,190lbs.
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
Serial No.:   988
Registration:   N6750K
Location:   Civil Hangar

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

Even though it has been out of production since the late 1940's, 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.

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