Basler BT-67

Summary

BT-67
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A Kenn Borek Air Basler BT-67 at Williams Field, Antarctica (2008)
Role Specialty aircraft[1]
Manufacturer Basler Turbo Conversions
Introduction January 1990
Produced 1990 to present[2]
Number built 68[3] (#69 & #70 in progress)[4][5]
Developed from Douglas DC-3

The Basler BT-67 is a utility aircraft produced by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is a remanufactured and modified Douglas DC-3; the modifications are designed to significantly extend the DC-3's serviceable lifetime. Basler custom configures each new build to the clients specifications. Industries served include cargo, military, cloudseeding, scientific research, and various other applications.[1] The conversion includes fitting the airframe with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines, lengthening the fuselage, strengthening the airframe, upgrading the avionics, and making modifications to the wing leading edges and wingtips.

Due to the slightly higher fuel consumption of the turbine engines of the BT-67, compared to the original piston designs fitted to the standard DC-3, range on the standard fuel tank, with 45 minute reserve, is reduced from 1,160 to 950 nautical miles (2,150 to 1,760 km). Basler provides a long-range fuel tank which increases the aircraft range to 2,140 nmi (3,960 km).[6]

Gunship version

The Basler BT-67 has a gunship version used by the Air Forces of Colombia.[7] The Colombian gunships are equipped with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) ball, enabling the aircraft to conduct effective nighttime missions.[8]

Basler Turbo Conversions offered its BT-67 gunship with FLIR ball sensors and night-vision goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit to the Philippines on 12 October 2016.[9]

Basler Turbo Conversions

Basler Turbo Conversions was founded in 1990 solely focus on converting existing C-47 airframes into BT-67.[10]

Operators

Civilian operators

Basler BT-67 conversion No.1, N200AN of World Air Logistics, at Missoula Montana in 2000
Basler BT-67 operated by ALCI at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (2009)
Basler BT-67 operated by Enterprise Aviation Group at Oshawa Executive Airport

Military operators

 Bolivia
 Colombia
 El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Malawi
 Mali
 Mauritania
 Thailand

Accidents and incidents

To date (up to 2019) a total 15 BT-67 have been involved in crashes or other incidents since the 1990s.

Specifications (BT-67)

Data from Born Again Basler[20] and Jane's Civil and Military Aircraft Upgrades 1994–95[21]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two (pilot & co-pilot)
  • Capacity: 38 Passengers
  • Length: 67 ft 9 in (20.65 m)
  • Wingspan: 95 ft 0 in (28.95 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 11 in (5.15 m)
  • Empty weight: 15,700 lb (7,121 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 28,750 lb (13,041 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines, 1,281 shp (955 kW) each
  • Propellers: 5-bladed Hartzell constant speed propellers, 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m) diameter

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 285 kn (328 mph, 528 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 210 kn (240 mph, 390 km/h)
  • Range: 2,140 nmi (2,460 mi, 3,960 km) with 45 minute reserve and long-range fuel tank
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)

See also

Related development

Related lists

References

  1. ^ https://www.baslerturbo.com/bt-67-worldwide.html
  2. ^ https://www.baslerturbo.com/history.html
  3. ^ http://www.proplinerinfoexchange.com/1-dc-3_news.htm
  4. ^ http://www.proplinerinfoexchange.com/1-dc-3_news.htm
  5. ^ https://www.baslerturbo.com/
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Aeronave AC47 Fantasma culmina fase de inspección mayor en CAMAN". Colombian Air Force. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Colombia's AC-47T Fantasmas Are Still Going Strong". War Is Boring. 3 October 2016. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-07-29. Retrieved 2017-07-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ https://www.baslerturbo.com/history.html
  11. ^ "Basler BT-67 aircraft". Australian Antarctic Division. Archived from the original on 2019-07-02. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  12. ^ "China to facilitate aviation support in Antarctic research expeditions". Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  13. ^ "China to deploy aircraft in Antarctica expedition". Xinhua. September 25, 2015. Archived from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  14. ^ Hoyle 2015, p. 35.
  15. ^ Rivas 2015, p. 120.
  16. ^ Hoyle 2015, p. 37.
  17. ^ Hoyle 2015, pp. 38–39.
  18. ^ Hoyle 2015, p.43.
  19. ^ Hoyle 2015, p. 50.
  20. ^ Flight International 24–30 April 1991, p. 42.
  21. ^ Michell 1994, pp. 245–246.
  • "Born Again Basler". Flight International. Vol. 139, no. 4264. 24–30 April 1991. pp. 40–43.
  • Hoyle, Craig (8–14 December 2015). "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International. Vol. 188, no. 5517. pp. 26–53. ISSN 0015-3710.
  • Michell, Simon (1994). Jane's Civil and Military Upgrades 1994–95. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-1208-7.
  • Rivas, Santiago (October 2015). "Fighting Colombia's Drug War". Air International. Vol. 89, no. 4. pp. 118–121. ISSN 0306-5634.

External links

  • Basler Turbo Conversions, LLC
  • The Antarctic Sun "A Timeless Machine Returns"
  • The Antarctic Sun "Modern plane and old history maker, are birds of a feather"
  • Air Fleet page at Kenn Borek Air
  • Global article