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A Republic RC-3 Seabee

16 June 2021
Republic RC-3 Seabee in one hangar of the Valiant Air Command Museum in Titusville FL—©2021 Joseph May/Slipstream Photography
Republic RC-3 Seabee—©2021 Joseph May/Slipstream Photography
The Republic RC-3 Seabee’s doors (or hatches, if preferred) with the one on the bow used when on the water and the other when on the land—©2021 Joseph May/Slipstream Photography
Starboard wing float of this Republic RC-3 Seabee—©2021 Joseph May/Slipstream Photography
4 Comments leave one →
  1. George permalink
    16 June 2021 11:50

    The Seabee was designed to use cheaply produced parts (many sheet metal stampings) and simple assembly with reduced rivet/fastener count. It may have reduced cost and resulted in a rugged airframe, but it was undoubtedly heavier.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      16 June 2021 15:09

      That is very evident on the wing float. Thanks for pointing out the construction design–it explains a lot.

  2. George permalink
    17 June 2021 11:21

    It took me a while to find a copy posted on the web, but Aviation magazine (today’s Aviation Week) did a fantastic design analysis of the Seabee in 1946. It explains the design philosophy and simplified structure. They don’t write them like this anymore!

    Click to access SeaBee_Analysis_1946.pdf

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      20 June 2021 15:15

      George, thanks very much. It is a great read and is a welcome one. Thanks again 🙂

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