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Republic RC-3 Seabee Pulled By Crane, 1949

arch413This seaplane was owned by Ray Profitt, of Ray Profitt Seaplane Base.  The photograph was taken by Everitt J. Hehn Insurance, of 51 Main Street in Port Washington, in July 1949.

If you’re interested in learning more about this aircraft check out its Wikipedia entry, the International Republic Seabee fansite, or see the post below for an image of the Seabee out of water.

Photo from the collection of Allan Litty.

Seaplane Pulled Out of Water, 1949


Republic RC-3 Seabee that belonged to Ray Profitt, owner of Ray Profitt Seaplane Base, being taken out of the water by a crane.  The photograph was taken by Everitt J. Hehn Insurance of 51 Main Street, Port Washington and is from the collection of Allan Litty.

Here’s a look at the RC-3 Seabee — out of the water!

Seabee by Koocheekoo.This photo is used under Creative Commons license via Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/photos/koocheekoo/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

Munch & Romeo Flying Service Rates, 1937

COA999$60 for one lesson in 1937 — WOW!  That’s nearly $900 in 2009 dollars.  (Source)

Joseph Gaeta and Tommy Hitchcock, 1940

gaeta_hitchcock40Pilot Joseph Gaeta (l.) gets instructions from Tommy Hitchcock, Jr. (r.), famous polo player at the Downtown Sky Port in New York City.  Photo from the estate of Joseph J. Gaeta.

“I was Tommy Hitchcock’s personal pilot from 1921 to 1926.  We’d take off from Sands Point and in 12 minutes we were in New York City, Wall Street.  He flew in every day, regular as clockwork.  We did that for five years.”  – Joseph Gaeta