During the War of Independence, 1948, all civilian planes in the country were used by the fledgling Israeli Air Force.
Since no one knew how to perform a water landing, this seabee was used only from land bases.
The Seabee amphibian plane was built in Canada as a 4-seat sports and recreation plane.
The Seabee on exhibit was originally owned by an Israeli lawyer and avid pilot, Shmuel Stchopeck.
It is the only Seabee the IAF ever had. Notice the rope hook on the nose and the small marine rudder.