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Republic RC-3 Seabee. Specifications. A photo.
Republic RC-3 Seabee. Specifications. A photo.

Republic RC-3 Seabee. Specifications. A photo.


Republic RC-3 Seabee - American single-engine amphibious aircraft designed in 1945, the aircraft manufacturer «Republic Aviation Company».


A photoRepublic RC-3 Seabee


Designing an aircraft Republic RC-3 Seabee started by American engineers during the Second World War. It was assumed that the aircraft entered service with the US Army as a small reconnaissance and patrol aircraft, however, due to the fact that hostilities have ended even before the plane passed its first test trials, the aircraft had not been involved in the Second World war.

His first flight of the aircraft model Republic RC-3 Seabee produced in December 1945 years, however, due to the fact that the aircraft design required minor improvements, the aircraft was officially presented only 1946 year. For a very short period of production of this model, which lasted from the 1946 1947 on year, American developers were produced 1060 aircraft, which indicates the highest degree of popularity of the aircraft. End of the aircraft production period was due to the intentions of the company «Republic Aviation Company» to lead the development of new aircraft, which needed the civil aviation sector, but, in fact, better aircraft manufacturer actually could not achieve.


Republic RC-3 Seabee photo


The cabin of the aircraft Republic RC-3 Seabee is designed for three passengers and one pilot, and, the aircraft during its operation is actively used not only by private owners to transport people and goods, but also by commercial airlines for flights on routes of small extent. Moreover, despite the end of World War II, the plane Republic RC-3 Seabee very strongly attracted and air forces of several countries where the model was used as a patrol aircraft.


cockpitRepublic RC-3 Seabee


The power plant of the aircraft Republic RC-3 Seabee includes one six-cylinder piston aircraft engine brand Franklin 6A8-215-B8F, who was able to develop traction in 215 hp, which is quite acceptable for a small aircraft. Thanks to a powerful propulsion system, aircraft Republic RC-3 Seabee can accelerate to cruising speed in 210 km \ h., As well as to overcome the distance in kilometers 840.

According to official figures of the year 2014, in operation in the United States was 238 aircrafts of this model, however, in reality, it could be a much larger number of surviving aircraft Republic RC-3 Seabee.


Specifications Republic RC-3 Seabee.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 3 person;
  • aircraft Length: 8,52 m .;
  • Wingspan: 11,5 m .;
  • Plane Height: 3,08 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 994 kg .;
  • Payload: 436 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1430 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 210 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 238 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 840 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 3660 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (depending on configuration);
  • Power: 240 hp ..


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