SEABEE  HANGAR NEWS

  Vol. I ...No. 1                                                    "All the Seabee News that's fit to print"                                                                    Free

This page will be devoted to bringing you news and activities of the club members. You are invited to send in Seabee anecdotes and experiences. Notice of Bee fly-ins along with anything of general interest. We will be updating this page as newsworthy items develop. Your turn! This is whats happening in the Seabee world! Fly-ins, places to visit, and members escapades. If you have some news, let us know. Just e-mail us and we will be happy to add your adventure!
Archives on Page 2

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Our future is in good hands!
Member Eric Huppert copiloting with Grandson Josh.
At-a-boy Josh!!

Josh the Pilot!
 Josh salute
Photos by Josh's Mom, Kristen.
(click on photos for full size view)

Our Canadian brother Michel Allard
Michel Allard  Michel Allard
He must have an extended baggage compartment! Note the two dog carriers!
Great photos Michel! Thank you.

Michel Allard
Photos by Michel Allard and wife


The "Ol' Marty B" at  Herb Sherwin's House
Herb Sherwin's House
Herb Sherwin found this photo of my Seabee at his home in Alabama way back in October 7, 2012. Thanks Herb! I'm glad you found it!


Aero Club Como (Italy)
The Seabee flies again!
Members Ed Tello and Henry Ruzakowski made a trip to Italy to get the Lake Como Seabee airworthy again. What a trip that must have been! Congratuations to Cesare Baj of the Aero Club Como and to Henry and ET for their "above the call of duty" work. It appears that everything went fine but Cesare says there are a few little things to take care of. The main thing is, IT'S FLYING!

ET, Melisa, Shelby, Henry
ET, Melisa, Shelby and Henry
Aero Como
Aero Club hangar
Aero Como
Aero Como Aero Como Aero Como
Look close...ET and Henry!
Aero Como Aero Como Photos by ET, Henry R. and Cesare Baj
Seabees from down under
A comprehensive list of Seabees in Australia from our brothers down under.
Australian Seabees
(Click on image to open PDF file)

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Our Philippine brother

Russell and Elpio
Elpio Elpio
Elpio Elpio
Member Elpio Paras (R) and future member Russell Legg (L) with Elpio's Twin Bee in the Philippines.
Russell, from Australia,  vacationed there and tracked down Elpio.
The Twin Bee is hangared there and Elpio
is anxious to get it flying again! Thanks Russell and Elpio!
(I wondered how you were doing Elpio)

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New member Eric Huppert

(somewhere in Florida)

Bee and VW Bus
(photo by Eric Huppert)

Club member Eric Huppert caught this VW Bus and his Seabee. He says,
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Which one's the  VW bus? Or is there a Seabee missing it's wings?"
(A restored 1964 VW next to NC6517K in Pensacola, FL)

Eric Huppert
(Eric Huppert in Florida)

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Member in Maine
Maine Sunset
Somebody's Seabee in Maine. Beautiful!

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Experiments with water devices
Check out this neat video on the Grumman Mallard! (It's really a Grumman Goose)
I never knew!

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John and Dorothy Murphy Accident

See the newslink here.

We don't know what happened as of yet but will keep the membership updated with the latest information. Crash took place right after takeoff from Winter Haven, Florida.
Update: John and Dot are okay but still in intensive care.
8-16-2016: More info here. Some confusion about the status of John and Dot.
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Update: From a member who knew John...
8-26-2016:
"I just reviewed the incident report and found it to be pretty accurate as I remember from the conversation I had with John about a week after the event while he was in the hospital. He mentioned few facts that I will pass on.
After takeoff at about 300 ft. he experienced a reduction in power and he turned towards Lake Echo in an attempt to land in the water but he lost altitude and hit the trees surrounding the lake about which time the power came back to full. The drag of the plane in the trees prevented gaining altitude . The plane ended up about 200 ft. from the water. I asked if the gear was up or down and he said it was down so a landing in the lake might have been dicey.
As a side comment,the Murphy's own a home on Lake Echo so he was familiar with the territory. When I talked to him he did not mention the head injury but said he was pretty beat-up but expected to be discharged from the hospital in few days but Dot more seriously injured and would be hospitalized longer.
I talked to him a few (days) later and he was home. He called me few days later to report he was back in the hospital because a collapsed lung but nothing else had changed.
The next contact was from a friend of the family that told me of John's passing. I don't know the cause of his passing. He was buried in Rocky Mount, NC last Friday with full military honors.
As a side light, I helped put that plane together both at his house and at the Rome, Ga. Airport and witnessed its first flight. He bought that Bee in a thousand pieces. A phone call with Dot revealed that there were lots of Bee parts in the FL hanger that have since been moved to the home garage and wanted to get them to someone that could use them. Any suggestions?"
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John Cuny wins again!
(Photos by John Cuny and ?)

John Cuny John Cuny
John Cuny won "The Best" at Lake Otsego in Michigan.
Congratulations John!
See MOV video here
(Photos by John Cuny, video by Mary Hardcastle)
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New member Jason Knier and his crew are restoring
N6113K! (In Alaska)


Retractable Floats
(Photo by Jason?)

You can follow their progress here
http://tugmoe.com/knier-seabee/.
They have made some good progress in a very short time and there are some GREAT photos!
Thanks Jason.

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Member Rick Kaskel on a Marston Mat
Rick Kaskel

As far as I know, this is a first! A steel ramp (Marston Mat) was put down on a river shore and Rick successfully ramped it. There are a few setbacks as the tail wheel started to slide down the ramp sideways as he entered the water. After much knashing of teeth, the Seabee was righted and flew away unharmed. Good job Rick!

Update! Member Buce Hinds says they have used these at Clear Lake for years. I didn't know that! Here's what he says,
"
The steel mess mats had been used at the Clear Lake Splash-In for years.  The ramp could not be permanent, so each year they'd lay the mats.  Haven't been there in a few years, not sure what they are using now.  They can get really slick.  I know Richard Bach used them at a house he had in FL, they were about an inch or two below the sand surface and worked really well." (I stand corrected; S.M.)
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This is what Seabee-in' is all about!

(Photos by Jaren's wife Alyssa)
Jaren Lynn and Family
Look at the little boys eyes. Priceless!
Jaren Lynn and Family  Jaren Lynn Family
Great looking family! 

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1950 Amateur Film winner
Blue Horizons 1950
Click on image for Youtube video.
Thanks to member Rick Kaskel.

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Photos from Speculator 2005
Speculator 2005   Speculator 2005
Left: Late Captain Chuck Bassett.
Right: Late Captain Jim Poel, Miller Monarch, Bill Bardin, Richie Brumm,Chuck Bassett

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The newest Seaplane pilot in the USA!
(as of April 9, 2016)
Cris SES

Finally! My son Cris got his seaplane rating today!
(Photo by his very proud dad, Steve)


AnonymousClick on image

Movie
MP4 or  MOV
(The .MOV file is sideways. I'm working on it.)
Anonymous
MP4 or MOV
Anonymous
MP4 or MOV
Eric Eric
Dusk
Beautiful Dusk Flight!
(.MOV file)
Photos by Eric Wolf

Cool photos and movies from "anonymous" member!
(Somewhere over the northern hemisphere!)
NOTE: If the above videos won't play, right-click on the MP4 or MOV link and save it to your desktop. Then double-click the file to play. 
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Member Bill Bardin wins Best Amphibian at Oshkosh 2015!
Congratulations Bill!  
Bill Bardin Award  368CM
Photo by Bill Bardin                                         Photo by John Cuny

368CM Interior
Photo by Isaac Alder

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Member John Cuny
had his first flight!
WON GRAND CHAMPION SEAPLANE
at Oshkosh 2014!
John Cuny

John Cuny Seabee

Above is a photo of member John Cuny accepting the "Golden Lindy Award" for Grand Champion Seaplane at Oshkosh. (Left photo by Bill McCarrell; Right photo by John Cuny)

John says,
"
Sorry if you get this twice but I know so many of you supported my effort for so long I wanted to include you (meaning the e-mail recipients). The Seabee won the Golden Lindy for Grand Champion Seaplanes Oshkosh 2014. Thanks again for all your support over these long and trying years."
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Sun 'n Fun 2011

Sun 'n Fun was fun with all the Seabee guys from all over the country. We even had a few new members show up! Below are some photos taken by Michele Brignac (Henry Ruzakowski's significant other).

Steve Mestler   Seabee Gang
            Your webmaster-Steve Mestler                   L-R: Karen Brumm, Steve Mestler, John Cuny
                                                                           Henry Ruzakowski, Donna-Lee Bardin.
 
Seabee Dinner   Seabee Gang
       Seabee Dinner;                                      L-R: Steve M., Bill Bardin, Henry R.,
         everybody's eatin' Henry's food!            New member - Lou
Pizarro (from the hit                                                                            TV show "Operation Repo", John Cuny.

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PACIFIC EAGLE AVIATION offers international and domestic charter trips and operates AIR TOUR ADVENTURES that feature Custom Tours; Whale Watching; Flight Seeing; etc. 

(Jim O'Donnell says he believes this is the only commercially flying Seabee in the country. I believe it. SM)

Pacific Eagle Aviation
Member Jim O'Donnell's Seabee


(Ed. note: I got this e-mail from Gary Brush, the inventor's son. It's got to be the most unusual use of Seabee Hulls I have ever seen!)
 
The "Autoboat"
"Steve and James,
Are you or someone you know in the International Republic SeaBee Owner's Club interested in an "Autoboat" made from two SeeBee Flying Boat Hulls? The Autoboat was invented by my late father, John Brush, as relayed in the news article below. Since my father recently passed away, my brothers Jay, Burke and I are looking for a new home for this unique piece of SeeBee History.
 
We are looking for only a nominal sum ($950) for both the car & hulls which make up the Autoboat, as our primary goal is finding someone who appreciates SeeBee's and their  unique use in this invention.
 
Please let me know by phone (281 687-9400) or email (gsbrush@sbcglobal.net) if you or someone you know in the SeeBee Club may be interested, so we can work with you to arrange a new home for the Autoboat.
 
Fyi, the Autoboat is currently at my father's house in Cincinnati, Ohio.  My brother Burke lives in the Cincinnati area, Jay lives in Inman, SC and I live in Houston, TX.
 
Also, please see attached pictures of the Autoboat, a text version of the newspaper article noted above and copies of the Autoboat Patents. Thank you for taking the time to touch base with your club members on this request.
 
Sincerely yours,
Gary Brush"

Article below:

From "99 Miles of River", November, 1964:
 

The Brush Autoboat

 

Here is probably the weirdest contraption cruising the Ohio River .  It is the Autoboat (later named the Autamaran), the brain child of John Brush from Cincinnati, Ohio, while he was in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines during World War II.  The idea for the craft came from conversations with a fellow prisoner and former harbormaster for the United States Government at Manila.

The boat-auto combination is lightweight and easily trailer-able on the highway.  It can be launched and removed at any beach or launch ramp accommodating outboards.

 

Here is how he built it:

John Brush, a mechanical engineer with Procter & Gamble Co., purchased two non-flying WWII See-Bee flying boats for their hulls in 1955.  After the cabins and several feet of the tail section had been removed, the hulls were modified.

Next, a frame of steel tubing was designed to connect the two floats, and ramps for the car wheels were fabricated from high-tensile aircraft aluminum sheet.

 

The See-Bee landing gear wheels were altered and remounted, one on each float, for towing on the highway.  All aluminum parts were riveted and all steel tubing welded.  Another Cincinnatian, Donald Witte, handled the critical parts of the welding and riveting fabrication that were needed for the desired light weight.

 

The 21 foot long, 13 foot wide catamaran is folded down and into itself keel-to-keel, so that its maximum width on the highway is six feet, 2 inches.  A three-point tractor-type trailer hitch, connected to the major members of the steel tubing frame, joins the car and catamaran for towing on the highways.  Its height when folded is only six feet and the car can easily tow it at speeds up to the legal limit of all highways.

 

Launching takes about 15 minutes.  Similar to any outboard launching, the car backs the catamaran into the water until it floats.  The nature of the hull construction makes it tend naturally to open up to its floating position when the catamaran reached its normal draft of about 18 inches.  The trailer wheels now stick out the sides, above and horizontal to the water.

 

Next, a six foot bridge-ramp and a four foot beach-ramp are laid into position from the shore to the front of the Autoboat.  Lines are fastened amidships on each side of the craft.  Line handlers on the beach steady the craft.  The car is then backed up the ramps and onto the catamaran.  Wheel-stops position the car exactly.  Through a trap door under the rear seat, the drive shaft of the car is then connected to a counter-shaft on the boat.  The countershaft drives the propeller through two universal joints.  The automobile’s front wheels are now in position on wheel disks that are connected to the rudder by cables.

 

After the ramps have been pulled aboard and tied down, and steadying lines tossed to the pilot, the amphibian is ready to take off.  Putting the car in reverse gear backs the craft off the beach and from then on the car is driven up to 25 miles per hour (22 knots).  The craft is steered from the driver’s seat.

 

Since nothing has been left on the beach, the driver need not return to his starting point.  He can drive up to any shore that will support his car.  He then reconnects the drive shaft to the car’s rear wheels.  Using the ramps again, he drives off the catamaran and onto the shore.  After disconnecting the ramps, he uses a built-in electric winch to fold the hulls back up, keel-to-keel.  The trailer wheels now face down, so after connecting tie cables and hooking the hitch back up, the car pulls the boat out of the water.  The ramps and other gear are then stowed, and final tie-downs secured.

 

The car and boat are now ready to speed off to the next launch point.

Autoboat01  Autoboat02
(Click on images for full size view)

Italian Seaplane Club Requests Seabee Information

Caproni
      ICare

Italian Seabee 1954

Italian Beaching
(Ed note:This is truly a global Seabee Club! The e-mail below was received a while back from an Italian Flying Club/Museum and it is impressive! Perhaps you all have some input into their questions about Seabees!!-See below) 

"Dear friends,

we operate the largest seaplane facility in Europe and the oldest seaplane flying school in the world, founded in 1930 (www.aeroclubcomo.com).

We are slowly carrying on the project of having, in addition to our modern seaplanes, the fleat of seaplanes we had in the 1950s, in flying conditions. In other words we would like to complete the restoration or the acquisition of :
- a Caproni CA 100 (done - see pictureof I-ABOU)
- a Macchi MB 308 (we have done 60% of the work - the picture shows I-CARE as it was in the 1950s)
- a Republic Sea Bee (to be aquired - see the picture of our I-SIBI in the 1950s)

So, we would like to buy a Sea Bee.
We own Lake amphibians since 1973 and mantain several of them, belonging to European owners. Personally, I have logged ~2000 hours on Lakes and I have written a book on how to fly them (in Italian).
But we dont't know much about Sea Bees. That's why I am asking your advice.

The idea, by the point of view of a collector, would be to have a Sea Bee in its very original configuration (Franklin engine, original panel and instruments, etc.).
But our organization has the promotion of water flying as its primary task. We take every year thousands of people to view Lake Como from above and we sponsor a program to make about 1000 children fly on our seaplanes every Christmas, to tell you about just a couple of our activities.
In other words, we prefer to sacrifice the purity of a perfect orignal aircraft in favour of having an aircraft reliable and easy to operate, also to give to the public the opportunity to fly on a historic seaplane.

That's why we think that we should buy a Sea Bee in very good conditions with a Lycoming engine, as the GO-480-G1B6 (295 HP look good; 340 look too many for the aircraft).

What I would like to know is if Sea Bees as the best offered in your very nice site are aircraft that can be operated safely and reliably, despite the age. If spare parts can be found easily. If ADs, SBs etc, do not pose excessive problems. If an engine as the GO 480 work well. Which modifications and STCs applied on most aircraft of the type are really needed (for instance the wing extention installed on many Sea Bees seems to be usefull in our situation, as we operate regularly on waves and wakes in our very busy waters).

I will be grateful if you can help us in getting familiar with this type of aircraft and give us some suggestions on how to choose one.

Thank you. Regards.

Cesare Baj
President
Aero Club Como
Como, Italy"



Bill Shaver and Uncle Wally are going to be
"at it again" on May 17th, 2008!

(As he would say, "Y'all come!")

2008 Poster

Bluegrass
Bluegrass Music included!

Republic SeaBee Makes Hard Landing In Southern California (SoCal)

Loses Propeller Mid-Flight Over San Diego County

  The propeller from a vintage Republic RC-3 SeaBee amphibian fell off about half an hour after it took off from a public airfield 10 miles east of San Diego, California Friday, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane was en route to Lake Mead, NV, and made a hard landing in a rural area. Neither of the two men on board was injured, he added, although the passenger was taken to a hospital for a precautionary evaluation.

  Gregor reported that just after 11:30 am, the pilot cut power at an unknown altitude and glided to the ground in a field near Julian, 60 miles northeast of San Diego. "It's pretty unusual for that to happen," he said to the Associated Press. The airplane suffered substantial damage in the forced landing.

  An FAA investigator was on site to determine why the propeller fell off. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department had not received any calls regarding injuries or damage from the falling propeller, said emergency services dispatch supervisor Shannon Powers.

  One of the few amphibious light aircraft to be produced in any sort of numbers, the Republic Seabee was built by the same company responsible for the legendary P-47 Thunderbolt fighter. The Seabee (file photo of type, above right) was conceived during the latter stages of the war when Republic began looking beyond its massive wartime contracts to a foundation for sustained peacetime production. The original concept was one quite popular during the 1940s -- to provide a four-seat, light aircraft costing little more to purchase and operate than a family car. More than 1,000 Seabees were built in just one year of production.

  Seabee production began in mid 1946, but lasted only until October 1947, when Republic opted to concentrate on its more lucrative military business, in spite of healthy Seabee sales.
(Reprinted from Aero-News.net   2-8-2007)

Bill Shaver's Crowd Splashing-In again!
May 19, 2007

Splash-in FLyer
Flyer
(Click on FLyers above for full size image)
Member Eric Huppert at the Beach!
Eric Huppert Beached
Somewhere in Florida. Photo by Eric Huppert. Nice shot Eric!

Our Seabees make the cut for
Air & Space/Smithsonian Magazine!!

"The Seabee Keepers"

With a devoted international following, an exceptional amphibian still creates buzz.

Brian Robinson
A Republic Seabee (member Brian Robinson),
the ideal sportplane, climbs over a Wisconsin lake.
(Photo by Jim Koepnick/EAA)

"How do we explain the continuing popularity of a 1940's-era seaplane? An article in the latest issue of Air & Space/Smithsonian confirms what we’ve known all along: The Republic RC-3 Seabee is pure fun. Robert Bernier, who wrote the story, remembers his flight in a Seabee at age 10, and he interviews Bee owners (including me) about what makes this airplane unique and why it inspires such loyalty in its owners. The issue is now on sale. You’ll want to keep it."

To buy a copy of the magazine, call or e-mail James Babcock at Smithsonian Enterprises.  babcockj@si.edu or (212) 916-1323

(Ed note: My sincere thanks to Bob Bernier, Diane Tedeschi and Caroline Sheen at
Air &Space magazine! Wonderful people!)

Member J.R. Ranney sends this:
From a biography of Glenn Curtiss, inventor of the seaplane:
"A flying machine in which it is practically impossible for the operator to suffer injury in case of accident. Even in the worst kind of accident, the most that can happen to the operator is an exhilarating plunge into fresh or salt water, as the case may be, with the beneficial effects of a good swim if so desired."

Member Jaren Lynn at an undisclosed location
Jaren Lynn Jaren Lynn Jaren Lynn
Jaren Lynn Jaren Lynn Jaren Lynn
Jaren Lynn Member Jaren Lynn in an ideal spot! Looks like a perfect day of Seabeeing!
Good crew too!

Thanks Jaren

(Click on images for full size view)


Member Mark Dimmock has done it!
The restoration of CF-DLX is complete. It looks terrific!


Mark Dimmock

Before
Mark Dimmock
After
Mark Dimmock Mark Dimmock
Mark and friends have been working on DLX for two years (must have been non-stop!)  Great job Mark!
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Bruce Douglas in the great white north with NO heater!

Bruce Douglas
(Click on image for .MOV file)
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Hard Landing!!
Hard Landing
Member Brian Robinson explains what happened. All are okay.
Read his explanation here. Yes, they will rebuild!

Photo 2   Photo 3

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Hammondsport 2016

The Seaplane Homecoming splash-in


Hammondsport2016
Bill Bardin and Rob Kinyan
(Photo by Karen Brumm)
Hammondsport 2016
Bill Bardin and Ed "ET" Tello
(Photo by Karen Brumm)
Hammondsport 2016
Richie Brumm, KC, Mellisa Tello (in the Seabee), Donna Lee, Karen Brumm, ?
(Photo by Sheryl and Mark Phillips)
Hammondsport 2016
L to R: Matt Stevens (172 Amphib), Cam Dunlope (SPA Field Director), Donn Boardman, Chris Wall (180 Amphib), Myron Mitchell (Lake Amphib), Adrian ? (Lake Amphib), Rob ? (172), ?, SPA Director Steve McCaughy
(Photo by Sheryl and Mark Phillips)
Hammondsport 2016
Parade around Keuka Lake
?, ET, Bill Bardin, ?, ?.
(Photo by Rob Kinyan)
Pickle
Bill Bardin, KC Ostronik
(Photo by member KC Ostronik)
(Ed note: Let me know who these people are!)

Hammondsport 2016 took place last weekend (September 17-18) and was a big success. Members Bill Bardin, KC Ostronik and Ed "ET" Tello represented the Seabee community. Other seaplanes were in attendance as well but three Seabees is a pretty good showing.

Pickle  Pickle
The "Pickle" at Belair Airport in NY (Photos by KC Ostronik)
    Pickle
The "Pickle"
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Josh Kaskel and the gang with a new video

Kaskel water flying
(Click on image for Youtube video)
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Tavares, Florida Splash-In! (2016)

Four Seabees showed up at Tavares April 7, 2016.
Great time at the perfect seaplane base!
Photos by Bill Bold and waiter at the Tiki Bar.
Bill Bardin
Bill Bardin
Lunchtime!
Lunchtime!
4 Seabees
4 Seabees
From front to back clockwise: BIll Bardin (won Best Metal Amphibian at SNF 2016!),
Bill Lissow, Dick Rogers, Steve Mestler. Shon Limor, Miller Monarch, Cris Mestler (not shown),
Mandy ?, John Walrath (Lake Amphib), Edgar Tello aka: ET,
 Bill Bold, Gerry Belcher, Scott Vanderweel.

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M
ore photos from member Dennis Dent

(Thanks Dennis!)
Dennis Dent Dennis Dent
Dennis Dent Gee, I wonder who was winning!
Dennis-Somewhere in South Carolina!
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Our newest Seabee pilots! (As of Aril 2016)

Queen Bee drivers Queen Bee
Left to right: Josh Kaskel, Me, Jules Mominee, Mike Zeller and...
the "Queen Bee" (2M0 - Kentucky)
See Josh's video here! Thanks Josh!
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Photo of the last Republic Production Seabee S/N 1060

Last Seabee
(Photo courtesy of Steinar Sevdal, Norway. Thanks Steinar!)

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AQUITANE HYDRAVIONS AEROCLUB
!
(Photos by
Patricia Gregoire)
See video here. Great job!

Jean-Luc Langeared
Tres bien! Jean-Luc and his Club in France just finished putting this Seabee together. From what I understand, it is part of the Seaplane Flying Club in France. Congratulations Jean-Luc! First flight was January 23, 2016.

Jean-Luc
Jean-Luc and his crew. They all have that distictive Seabee smile!
Nice looking sweat shirt!

Jean-Luc
I love the hat too!

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Video by Bruce Douglas
Bruce Night Night
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Our brothers up in the Northwest had a great Splash-in!
('15)
Photos below by Member John Cuny
NW Splash-in
Member Buzz Hale's "Thunder Bee"
(It's for sale! Check it here.)
NW Splash-in
From the co-pilot's window

NW Splash-in
On the beach
NW Splash-in
Member Pete Norman's prize winner
NW Splash-in

Buzz Hale
Beautiful!
All photos by and courtesy of John Cuny. Thanks John!
(Click on images for full size view)

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Member Henry Chapeskie is flying again!

After an emergency landing that damaged his Seabee, Henry Chapeskie has his new Seabee flying. He says he has about ten hours on it and it is running fine as indicated from the photos below. We are glad to have him back in the air. Especially in a Seabee!

Henry Chapeskie  Henry Chapeskie
Henry Chapeskie  Henry Chapeskie
Henry Chapeskie
Photos by Henry Chapeskie

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Message from down under:

The Flying Tadpole was used to advertise for a radio station in Australia and to spot for sharks! That was years ago but Howard Frankenburg remembers.  Thanks Howard!
Gidday mate! Howard says:

"Hi Steve, Well done excellent work my friend ! It's a big Thank you to you and your club this little plane is etched in everyone's mind around summertime in Melbourne in the seventies it holds huge memories not to mention potential shark attacks to warned of to protect beach goers.This plane, to people of my vintage, was as recognisable as " CocoCola " we all knew the flying tadpole.Thanks again mate I will keep in touch with interest and follow your site. If I get any news on this Aussie icon I will pass it on.
Thank you. Kind regards from down under, Howard"

Flying Tadpole
(photos courtesy of Airliners.net)
Check out this Flying Tadpole video!! (.MP4 file)

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Member Mike Lush sent these photos to us. Thanks Mike!

(sorry it took so long to post)

Bee formation
Photos by Mike Lush
Photo 1   Photo 2   Photo 3
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Speculator Splash-in is on!
(2/8/2012-Only 6 rooms left!)
Hola Amigos y Amigas! We are starting to make plans for the 2012 Speculator Splash-In, first weekend in June (1st-3rd). The most exciting news is that the beautiful Lake Pleasant Lodge is open again for business. Splash in, beach your seaplane, and walk a few steps to your room and cold beer! I know some of you made plans to stay at the Cedar Hurst, but for those of you who haven't made plans or are undecided, the Lake Pleasant Lodge is an excellent option. Here are the details: 11 rooms total,
Lake Pleasant
5 King size - $75 Thu night (May 31), $85 Fri & Sat
4 Queen size (2 beds) - $85 Thu nt, $95 Fri & Sat
 1 Mini-suite, 2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa- $105 Thu nt, $125 Fri & Sat
 1 Mini-suite, 2 queen beds, 2 queen sleeper sofas- $125 Thu nt, $145 Fri & Sat
 Prices are $10 less than posted rates. Lodge manager is Peter Welch, phone # (518) 548-LAKE (5253). www.lakepleasantlodge.com, info@lakepleasantlodge.com.
Please let me know, so I can make proper plans. I also attached a photo of their business card.
Hasta Pronto, E.T.(etseabee@yahoo.com)
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 N64PN Water Videos available.
Very cool camera angles!

See the all at http://vimeo.com/12875737

Pete Norman

Pete Idaho
(Click on images for video. All videos by Pete Norman or his associates)


Seabee Mystery Crash!
(Below are some photos and an e-mail from Mr. Shea DeLaMare from British Columbia, Canada. Very fascinating story...)
Mystery Crash
"Hello Jim and Steve from British Columbia Canada,
My name is Shea De La Mare, and I am currently trying to find some info that you may be able to help me with. I as recently hiking in central british columbia, and I stumbled across an old aircraft crash site deep in the woods. Being a pilot myself, it certainly caught my curiousity, but I am having trouble identifying the aircraft or finding any information about it. When I first saw the wreckage I had a few clues that led me to believe it may be an old Seabee, but I am not certain. I have asked various local residents about the crash site but have come up empty handed. One old timer thought he remembered something about a crash that took place in the 1970's where 3 or 4 people were killed, but he wasn't really sure. I have tried to search the internet for any information but as far have not located any. I am attaching a few pics of the crash site as I thought that you may be able to confirm whether this is indeed a SeaBee aircraft? 
Any info or help would be greatly appreciated. 
thanks!
-Shea"

Photos by M. Shea De La Mare attahced to above e-mail:
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First answer from Jim Poel...

"Hello Shea. It definitely is a Seabee. I can't tell you more than that right now, but if you were to find the serial number which is stamped on the keel and all the trailing edges of the flight controls, we could narrow it down and possibly find out about the accident. The number is stamped on the keel shown in picture 7 about a foot down from the end, or six inches down from the riveted seam. Also it is stamped on the trailing edge of the flight controls near the inboard end.
Good Luck! I hope we can get to the bottom of the mystery.
Cheers! Jim"

Second e-mail from Mr. De La Mare:

Hello Steve and Jim from BC again,
As to our emails of a few weeks ago regarding the mystery Seabee crash site in British Columbia, I have a few more pics and information for you. Thanks for the info on where to look for the serial number. I returned to the site today and was able to locate a serial number stamped on the trailing edge of a control surface on the port wing. The serial number is not totally clear but as far as I could make out it is: 1007A or maybe 107A???  Hopefully you guys will be able to identify it from the pictures. 
I could not find any numbers on the keel, but I may have been looking in the wrong place. I spent a fair amount of time searching... but to no avail. 
I have also included 2 more pictures of the crash site. You are more than welcome to post any or all of my pictures and story on your website, it might be very interesting for the Seabee community. All I ask is credit for the pics, using my name:  M. Shea De La Mare

I have spoken to another local rancher who seems to remember that this crash might have happened in the early 1970's and that 3 people were killed. The story he told me is that 3 friends flew the aircraft up from Vancouver, and were circling the area at low altitude to indicate their arrival to people on the ground....they were then going to proceed to a nearby lake (Lac La Hache) to land. While circling, the engine began to run rough, stopped, and the aircraft either stalled and spun, or spiralled and crashed into the mountainside. 
All three on board were killed instantly. From my investigation of the crash site, and the state of the wreckage it is my guess that the a/c hit at a fairly substantial speed.  (I think I mentioned before that I am a pilot myself).
There was obviously an intense post crash fire as there are numerous melted parts, as well as actual ingots of melted metal littering the crash site. 
The crash location is about 5 miles NE of the southern tip of Lac La Hache lake in central British Columbia. Lac La Hache lake is easy to find on google earth.
Well thats about it guys....hopefully you can shed some more light on this!

Photos by M. Shea De La Mare attached to the above e-mail:
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Second answer from Jim Poel:

"HI. As luck would have it, Henry Ruzakowski is here visiting  as your email came in. We found out that s/n 1007 is alive and well, so it can't be that one. In a previous investigation into another Seabee hull, we found out that Republic didn't build every serial number, so they may have used previously made parts on a different hull number. Henry has agreed to research this and get back to you.
Cheers! Jim" 

UPDATE!
March 21, 2010-I just got an e-mail from Seabee historian and fanatic Steinar Sevdal in Norway. He says:

"Hi Steve!
I hope everything is fine with you, your family and “Marty B”!  I visit the IRSOC website almost every day, and you do a tremendous job for the Seabee community!

Recently I read the story of the Seabee wreck found in BC, Canada.  You will know that I am researching the histories of each and every Seabee built.  However, I was not able to indentify the crashed Seabee until you wrote it was “CF-ISW”.  The s/n is 1008.  With some help from fellow avition history nuts, I was able to compile the following history on # 1008;

http://www.seabee.info/rc3_1008.htm

From my memory I thought I had seen the registration “CF-ISW” before, and after checking my small Seabee slides collection, I was amazed to find that I have a photo of CF-ISW, taken just over a month before the tragic crash!

I would very much like to send the enclosed scan to the Calvert family.  Do you think you can put me in contact with them?  If they do not mind, I would very much like to learn more about their Dad and his Seabee, perhaps for a story for the “Seabee Stories” pages:

http://www.seabee.info/seabee_stories.htm

Could you please also put me in contact Mr. Shea De La Mare?  I would very much like to get his permission to use some of his photos of the wreck for the # 1008 webpage.

http://www.seabee.info/rc3_1008.htm

You can of course use the enclosed photo of “CF-ISW” on the IRSOC website, Steve!

Thanks a lot for your great work, Steve!

Warmest wishes

Steinar"

(Ed note: Well we weren't far off! Serial number is actually 1008.)
Bob Peterman and the "Spruce Goose" Museum are making great progress with their Seabee!

Engine Work More Engine Work

Tail FEathers Engine work again
Thanks to Jeremy Brown, Bob Peterman has found his original gas cap! Thanks Jeremy. Good progress is being made on the "Spruce Bee". When it is completed the Seabee above will be located next to the Spruce Goose. Yup, the real thing! What an honor and these guys are doing a fantastic job. Great work! You can see the museum website at http://www.sprucegoose.org/. Thanks Bob and keep us updated.

Steve for the IRSOC

December 2006: Update! The "Spruce Bee" is done! At least Bob Peterman says he doesn't need any more parts. That's a good thing.


Don Anderson makes page 32 of Flying Magazine!

Don Anderson Cover

May 2006-
...if you haven't already seen it, a painting of our SeaBee, N681CB made page 32 of the June 2006 ussue of Flying magazine.
 
The painting (shown above) was done by a close friend of John's (Kosir), Felix Mocilnikar (don't try to pronounce it), who is a very accomplished artist, living in the Dallas area. He is also a Technician (still a mechanic to me) for American Airlines. The location was the shore of beatiful Lake Erie, here in Willoughby, OH. That's John and his squeeze, at the time,  in the pic.
 
The other pics were taken last Fall, a few miles East of here. The looney in the Decathlon took the CB pics (Capt. Chris Megan, American Airlines).
 
Thought you might want to post this on the web site.
 
Hope life has been treating you both well.  Things are good at this end.
 
Our best to you.
 
Don Anderson

Don Anderson 05

Flying Magazine  Don Anderson 03  Decathalon
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New Seabee Project Started by
Jeremy and Tania Brown

AFTER
Update! August 2006-

Steve,

Thanks for your help.
Here is some pictures of our Seabee 612. Things are going well with the project. We have done everything to it. Overhauled all Main/Tail Landing gear and all Hydraulic Cylinders. There was all new control cables with the paint job that is close to the original style. We are quite excided to get it together. Now down to the interior and final installation of the dash panel. It will be nice to send you more photos of C-FGPY when it is in the air.

Cheers, Jeremy

(Ed note: Looks great Jeremy and Tania!)

Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown

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January 2004- An e-mail recieved by the club shows a major restoration started by Jeremy and Tania Brown (S/N 612). Below is the e-mail. Keep us posted JEremy!! Good Luck.

"We are in the middle of our project of rebuilding our SeaBee from the ground up. I have completed all of the components and we are just waiting for the paint to be finished. We are putting our SeaBee back to its original color. It will be a green metallic bottom with the strips to match and the main color to be silver metallic. I have attached some shot so you can post them on your site. The main paint should be completed mid December.
  Thanks, Jeremy & Tania"
Jeremy Project

Jeremy Project

Ben and Melody are at it again!
(no-no, not that...this!)
December 14, 2004 - The IRSOC received the following e-mail from Melody and Ben Coleman...

"...going to pick up a Seabee, S/N 581, in Maryland, that has been sitting in the woods for 15 years.  Local kids started using it for target practice.  The trip is being dubbed "Operation Seabee Target Extraction".  Will provide a visual memo after Christmas.....
 
Happy Holidays to all....we will be in D.C. (with a 24 foot enclosed trailer).
 
Love,  Ben and Mel"

Then...December 15th e-mail...

"Here is a composite page of pics.....pretty sad.  If we collect all the orphaned Seabees in the land, will we get to go to Seabee heaven?"

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four five
Notice the bullet holes.
(Ed Note:Way to go Ben and Melody!!! I'll send a little note to St. Peter!)

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