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BT-67
Basler bt67 antarctica.jpg
A Kenn Borek Air Basler BT-67 at Williams Field, Antarctica (2008)
Role Cargo aircraft
Manufacturer Basler Turbo Conversions
Introduction January 1990
Number built 66
Unit cost
US$4.5 million, US$6.5 million as of 2012.[1]
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 designed to significantly extend the DC-3's serviceable lifetime. 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 wings' leading edges and wing tips.

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).[2]

Gunship version

The Basler BT-67 has a gunship version used by the Air Forces of Colombia[3] The Colombian gunships are equipped with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) ball, enabling the aircraft to conduct effective nighttime missions.[4]

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.[5]

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)

Military operators

 Bolivia
 Colombia
 El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Malawi
 Mali
 Mauritania
 Thailand
 United States

Accidents and incidents

Specifications (BT-67)

Data from Born Again Basler[17] and Jane's Civil and Military Aircraft Upgrades 1994–95[18]

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. ^ "Eight FAQs". web site. Basler Turbo Conversions, LLC. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-07-29. Retrieved 2017-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Basler BT-67 aircraft". Australian Antarctic Division. Archived from the original on 2019-07-02. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  7. ^ "China to facilitate aviation support in Antarctic research expeditions". Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  8. ^ "China to deploy aircraft in Antarctica expedition". Xinhua. September 25, 2015. Archived from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ Hoyle 2015, p. 35.
  10. ^ Rivas 2015, p. 120.
  11. ^ Hoyle 2015, p. 37.
  12. ^ Hoyle 2015, pp. 38–39.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2017-09-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Hoyle 2015, p.43.
  15. ^ Hoyle 2015, p. 50.
  16. ^ "6th Special Operations Squadron". Archived from the original on 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  17. ^ Flight International 24–30 April 1991, p. 42.
  18. ^ 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.

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