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REPUBLIC Seabee (N713ET) - AirVenture 2016. 1947 Republic RC-3 Seabee
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REPUBLIC Seabee (N713ET)


AirVenture 2016. 1947 Republic RC-3 Seabee


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Lovely photo. Interesting aircraft.
Sorry for this one. Is that a fishing reel I see, just under the tail and in front of the sea rudder:-)
sam kuminecz
Christopher it's the tail wheel retracted
Roy Hunte
Interesting how the main gear swings up out of the way instead of retracting completely.
rob jones
This featured in james Bond 'Man with a Golden Gun'it was made famous when the plane suddenly lost a wing float somewhere in continuity in the film so it flipped over on james Bond island beach.
Roy Hunte - I'd think it is designed this way to keep hull water-tight integrity. To have it retract into the hull would use a lot of volume and increase chance of water intrusion.
Very nostalgic. My very first flight was in a Seabee, in northern Canada, sometime around 1953 (passenger of course :-) . Still remember the breathtaking view on the steep descent towards the lake.
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