Spectrum SA-550

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Basler Turbo 37
Spectrum SA-550
Spectrum SA-550.jpg
Role STOL conversion
National origin United States
Manufacturer Basler Turbo Conversions
Spectrum Aircraft Corporation
First flight 1 February 1983
Introduction 1983
Status production completed
Number built At least two
Developed from Cessna Skymaster

The Basler Turbo 37/Spectrum SA-550 is a twin-boom single engined aircraft converted from a Riems/Cessna FTB337G Skymaster by Basler Turbo Conversions and Spectrum Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft first flew on 1 February 1983.[1][2][3]

Development[edit]

The Skymaster rear engine was replaced with a flat-rated 550 hp (410 kW) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 and front engine was removed and the cockpit was stretched forward. The aircraft is capable of taking off in less than 450 ft (137 m) fully loaded. Basler had a deal with the government of Thailand to convert their O-2 Skymaster to SA-550 and to convert civilian Skymaster in Thailand as well. These plans appear to have never happened.[1][2]

The aircraft is currently owned by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.[3]

Specifications (SA-550)[edit]

Data from Flight International[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: ten
  • Length: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 2 in (11.63 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
  • Empty weight: 2,600 lb (1,179 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 4,800 lb (2,177 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 125 US gallons (474 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27 , 550 shp (410 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 250 mph (402 km/h; 217 kn) at 15,000 ft (4575 m)
  • Cruise speed: 250 mph (217 kn; 402 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 66 mph (57 kn; 106 km/h) flaps down, power off
  • Range: 900 mi (782 nmi; 1,448 km) with standard fuel
  • Rate of climb: 1,600 ft/min (8.1 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Flight International (March 1983). ""Flying pick-up truck" takes off". Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  2. ^ a b Cessna Skymaster Website (n.d.). "Spectrum SA-550 / Basler Turbo 34". Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  3. ^ a b Federal Aviation Administration (November 2009). "FAA REGISTRY - N-Number Inquiry Results". Retrieved 2009-11-26. 

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