DEALER and DISTRIBUTOR Bulletins

These bulletins were generously donated to the IRSOC by Mr. Robert Porter of the State of Washington. He donated his time and efforts to send them to us and we are eternally grateful for his kindness. Thank you Bob!

These Bulletins were directed toward the Seabee Dealers and Distributors that Republic had in place at the time the Seabee was being developed. Dealing mainly with sales and distribution, these are a fascinating history of the Seabee and it's "ups and downs" (forgive the pun). There is also other Republic News of other developements at the time for example: Do you know what a Republic "Rainbow" is? I didn't either! It's here! But the bulletins mainly address the Seabee and was the big subject for quite a long time at Republic as you can imagine.

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(These bulletins have been re-typed from the originals for clarity and searchablilty. All are in Adobe Acrobat "PDF" format.)

DEALER BULLETINS

NUMBER DATE SUBJECT
Engineer's Lament
1920's
The perfect Airplane
1
May 22, 1946
Delivery Prospects, Status
2
July 10, 1946
Pricing, Tooling, Kopper's Prop
3
August 19, 1946
Seabee Crosses U.S., First 10 Seabees
4
September 13, 1946
Seabee Delivery Problems, Tex Rankin, Cleveland Airshow
5
September 30, 1946
Gordon Sleeper speech, Republic Rainbow
6
November 6, 1946
Seabee Deliveries, Bill Ong's Report to Insurance Co.
7
November 12, 1946
Price increase with explanation
8
November 21, 1946
New Dealer Registration Cards
9
December 3, 1946
Cleveland Airshow, Distributor Letters about price increase
10
December 27, 1946
Seabee Production Schedule, Arthur Godfrey Order
11
January 2, 1947
Republic's New President and Chairman of the Board
12
January 16, 1947
Dealer's Meeting in Florida, Missing Wing Float Incident
13
January 29, 1947
Seabee in New York and Boston, "Red Dragon"
14
January 29, 1947
Dealer Legalities, Sales PItch to Dealers
15
February 26, 1947
Seabee Approved for Snow Skis, Republic Retail Order Form
16
February 26, 1947
Tex Rankin Accident and Explanation
17
March 18, 1947
Gordon Sleeper journal to and from West Coast
18
March 18, 1947
In-depth Explanation of Tex Rankins Accident
19
April 18, 1947
Distributor's Convention, Dealer Prices and Discounts
20
May 12, 1947
First Distributor Convention, May Production Numbers
21
June 4, 1947
Republic Suggests Increase sales
22
June 13, 1947
Production Line Backups, New Tail Wheel, Seabee Duster
23
June 14, 1947
Republic Vacation Notice
24
September 19, 1947
"Flying Office" of Mr. Robert T. Sheen



           DISTRIBUTOR BULLETINS
NUMBER
              DATE                                                  SUBJECT
1
December 24, 1944
St.Louis Convention, Status and Price of "Amphibian" program
2
February 2, 1945
Michigan Distributor, Boston Show, "Seabee" Demonstration
3
March 9, 1945
Republic Assumes "Seabee" as Permanent Name
4
March 28, 1945
Customer Sales Priority, Sales Commission, Special Report
5
April 18, 1945
Army Orders Seabees, Republic Flying Club
6
May 3, 1945
Seabee Pins, Army version of Seabee production in Evansville, IN
7
June 5, 1945
Distributors Meeting in Vermont
8
June 26, 1945
Republic Plant Vacations, Engineers Wanted,
9
July 18, 1945
Republic's First Advetising Release, Dealer Franchises
10
August 29, 1945
The War is Over!, "Spence" in Hospital
11
September 12, 1945
Dealer's Sales Agreement
12
September 6, 1945
"Prepare for the Amphibians" speech by Gordon Sleeper
13
September 21, 1945
Analysis of Dealer Profits, Republic Announces "Rainbow"
14
October 19, 1945
Million Missions" Booklets, Order Blanks
15
November 15, 1945
News Update on Seabee, Distributor Appointments
16
November 28, 1945
Republic's Basic Sales Policy, Franklin Engine Agencies
17
December 3., 1945
First Seabee Flight!, Republic Party for Distributors, Prototype Seabee
18
December 18, 1945
Hartzell Propeller testing, Franklin Engine rated at 215 H.P.
19
January 16, 1946
Miami Air Races, Seabee requirements for dist, Seabee numbers estimates
20
February 1, 1946
Seabee progress report/testing, Aircooled Motors testing of Franklin engine
21
February 12, 1946
The Republic ‘Rainbow’ takes to the sky, March 1st report, Republic’s April-June Deliveries, New sales personel, New Specification Sheet, Visiting pilots radio communication with Republic, Republic Employee’s Flying Club, Copy of Spec sheet, Special Information Report Form
22
March 11, 1946
Notice of Production, Present status of the Seabee, Pictures of the Seabee, Seabee goes to College, P-84 news, Request for March 1st reports
23
April 5, 1946
Seabee introduced to Armed Forces, CAA test almost ready, New Sales Appointments
24
April 23, 1946
The ‘Home Stretch’, NC numbers near aquiring, Seabee production numbers after May 1946, Ferry Pilots, New Distributor Appointments, ‘Rainbow’ scores again, New York’s Aviation Show, Seabee press release
25
May 10, 1946
First Bulletin with new letterhead, Delivery Prospects, New England Air tour, Cross Country Instrument Panel, Retail Order Blanks, Radio Operator License, April-June Orders, Seabee ‘Landings Unlimited’ booklet, Canadian List Prices
26
May 23, 1946
Special Report to Foreign Distributors and Dealers, Export Prices and costs
27
June 5, 1946
Trip to Deep South for Dealer and Distributor meetings
28
June 29, 1946
First Distributor Seabee (NC87463) goes to California, Omaha Worldss Fair of Aviation, Seabee checkout for Chief Pilots, Seabee Insurance, Letter From AOPA President about Seabee, Procedure for Seabee Delivery, Telegram from Tex Rankin (California Distributor)
29
August 2, 1946
Seabee design considerations, Safety first!
30
August 13, 1946
Seabee Progress Report, Seabee in Rocky Mountains, Telegram from Tex Rankin about performance, First Wheels down water landing, Cross Country Panel, Seabee #26 goes to Eastern Pennsylvania
31
October 30, 1946
Seabee overall prognosis, Delivery prospects, Forecast for 1947, Flying the Seabee, Orders and Deliveries, The Price Question, Seabee accident, Seabees in the North Country, Seabees in the South, National Aircraft Show
32
November 8, 1946
Special Dealer Sales Report instructions and copy
33
December 3, 1946
Price Increase, Discount Question, Selling stategy from Republic
34
December 26, 1946
Renewal of Dealer Sales Agreement
35
December 31, 1946
Renewal of Distributor’s Agreement
36
February 7, 1947
New Contracts and New Quotas, How to figure quotas, Republic’s Production, March and April Calls, Delivery Arrangements, Change in billing gas and oil, Invoicing Anchors, Irregular sales warning, Seabee Accidents
37
March 26, 1947
Distributor Prices and Discounts, Dealer Prices and Discounts, Dealer Registration Certificates, Notice of Distributor Convention
38
April 11, 1947
Easier Purchase Terms, Seabee Orders
39
April 11, 1947
Republic First Annual Distributor’s Convention
40
April 21, 1947
June Call
41
April 21, 1947
Convention Program, Convention Attendance Form
42
May 13, 1947
Convention Aftermath, Four Point Selling Program, June Orders and Deposits, New Tail Wheel, Distributor Convention Schedule
43
June 3, 1947
Major Sales pitch from Republic, Distributor Retail Sales Tracking Form, Status of Order Account, July Call
44
June 30, 1947
Hail and Farewell (Gordon C. Sleeper retires), Farewell letter
45
August 15, 1947
Distributor Sales Totals, Seabee rumors
46
October 10, 1947
The Last Call, Telegram from Republic to all Dealers and Distributors discontinuing Seabee Program, News Release, Letter form Clements Company about Seabee, Excerpts from Letters     received from Distributors
47
December 29, 1947
Food for Thought, Future of Seabee Project, Project Negotiations with potential buyers

DISTRIBUTOR SERVICE BULLETINS
1 April 20, 1946 Propeller options. First Distributor's Service Bulletin.
2 August 28, 1946 Carburetor Finger Screen maintenance.
3 September 14, 1946 Emergency Keel Landing..
4 September 6, 1946 Servicing the Landing Gear Struts
5 September 11, 1946 Replenishing Hydraulic Fluid
6 October 16, 1946 Fuel Cells
7 October 22, 1946 Replacement of Fuel Strainer Drain Cock
8 October 22, 1946 Service News Distribution.
9 October 23, 1946 Seabee Spares Policy
11 October 26, 1946 Loose Hardware will create propeller damage.
12 October 28, 1946 Check your elevator trim tabs
13 November 14, 1946 Firewall Terminal Blocks
14 November 1946 Operation with one Wing Float
15 November 25, 1946 Identification Plates
16 December 2, 1946 Engine, Propeller and Radio spares
17 December 5, 1946 Seabee lubricants and materials
18 December 5, 1946 Check Fan Assembly Capscrews for Tightness
19 December 26, 1946 Freezing Brakes
20 December 6, 1946 Filling, Bleeding and Adjusting Seabee Hydraulic Brakes
21 December 19, 1946 Distribution of Service Bulletins and Compliance Kits
21A February 7, 1947 Distribution of Service Bulletins and Compliance Kits
27 January 28, 1947 Service Bulletin Announcement: Installation of Tail Wheel Signal Light  Switch
28 February 5, 1947 Service Bulletin Announcement: Installation Improved Fuel Strainer Drain.
34 April 2, 1947 Change in Cabin Floor Mats
42 June 3, 1947 Salvage Operation in Water
43 June 8, 1947 Pilots Check List for Landing
44 ? Steerable Tail Wheel Kits
45 August 1, 1947 Minimum Orders
46 August 14, 1947 Reinforcement of Aft Cabin Skins
47 August 26, 1947 Installation of Anti-Swirl Vanes (Carburetor)
48 September 9, 1947 Installation of Wing Float Braces
49 September 9, 1947 Steerablle Tail Wheel Kits

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