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».


Photo Republic 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.

The Republic RC-3 Seabee aircraft made its first flight in December of 1945 year, however, in view of the fact that the design of the aircraft required minor improvements, the aircraft was officially introduced only in 1946. For a very short period of production of this model, which lasted from 1946 to 1947 year, American developers produced 1060 aircraft, which indicates the highest degree of popularity of this aircraft. The end of the aircraft production period was due to the intentions of the Republic Aviation Company to develop new aircraft, which civil aviation needed, but in fact, the aircraft manufacturer could not really achieve much more success.


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.


Cabin of the aircraft Republic RC-3 Seabee


The power plant of the Republic RC-3 Seabee aircraft includes one Franklin 6A8-215-B8F piston six-cylinder aircraft engine, which was capable of developing a thrust of 215 hp, which is quite acceptable for a small aircraft. Thanks to its powerful propulsion system, the Republic RC-3 Seabee can accelerate to a cruising speed of 210 km / h and cover distances of 840 kilometers.

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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