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Photo of Basler Aviation DC-3 conversions
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No: 7330   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2003   Manufacturer: Douglas   Country: USA
Photo of Basler Aviation DC-3 conversions

The third of a series of 7 photographs taken inside the Basler Aviation facility at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 5 August 2003, showing how DC-3s are converted to turboprop power.
Picture added on 12 December 2008
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Basler Turbo Conversions (the correct name for the company at Oshkosh, Wisconsin) received a full certificate for its Turbo-67 (BT-67) from the FAA on December 11, 1990. 1, 424 hp PT6A engines replace the 1, 200 hp R-1830-92, the -67R subtype driving a 5-blade Hartzell propeller. A 40 inch forward fuselage plug, seen in several of this series of photographs, is installed to maintain the centre of gravity. The front cabin bulkhead is moved forward 60 inches, eliminating the radio operator's station; metal control surfaces replace fabric ones, and the wing tips are reprofiled to improve low speed handling. Each modified airframe is zero-lifed and the subsystems are updated to reduce maintenance and improve efficiency.
A BT-67 can carry 4, 000 lb more than a standard C-47 and fly 40 knots faster.About 70 BT-67s have been ordered so far.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 28 March 2009.
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