In this article we would like to introduce the UC-1 Twin Bee amphibian, an upgraded version of an old, post-world-war hydroplane from the ’40s.
In the summer of 2010 we’ve been to the Viking Corp., Canada, home of DeHavilland Canada’s classic, old-timer aircrafts. Veteran airplanes like DHC-2 Beaver and DHC-6 Twin Otter are under construction here, waiting for a new beginning in the 21st century. Next to the plant, in the grassy run we found an airplane without its engines. This one is an upgraded, continental version of the old Sea Bee.
During the years following the Second World War, the Sea Bee was the most important seaplane in Canada. Approximately 1000 Sea Bees were produced in this period. 20 years later, the machine was modified in the United States. The old version’s single engine was removed from the back of the cockpit. The re-designed Twin Bee equipped with two engines on wings, enabling the vessel to endure the increased weight.
The manufacturer United Consultant – this is the origin of the name UC-1 – obtained the type-certificate in 1965. By the year of 1987, 23 Twin Bees were sold.
According to Jules Verne, a Twinport Bee-pilot is able to provide experience for 4 passengers. With its 180 hp engines, the Twin Bee is capable to reach the speed of 200 km/h and a range of 1500 km’s.
The plane is operating with short take-off and landing (STOL) from ground and water as well. You can enlarge the sixth image to examine the airplane’s three-view drawing.
If somebody is curious for the Twin Bee, it is possible to catch a yellow-painted one at Lake Como, Italy or Wolfgangsee, Austria. More info and pictures are available on the seabee.info website.
Video: Seaplane harbours in Vancouver
Video: Scalaria Air Challenge 2009
An excellent Twin Bee website
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