It's this bizarre-looking, twin-engine version of the Seabee that Collin is flying this week in order to earn his multi-engine ATP-Land and Sea. (Click photo to Enlarge.)
According to the Republic Seabee website, the basic design of the Seabee is, in a word, simplicity. Based on the design of Percival H. Spencer's Aircar, the Seabee has less than five hundred parts which is a fraction of the two-thousand-plus parts in most production aircraft. The Seabee was Republic's answer to the post-war, civilian market-a family plane that could go anywhere. At an initial price of $3995, over one thousand were built in 1946 and 1947 before the production line was shut down. There are approximately 200-300 Seabees still registered with the FAA today.
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