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We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 14, 2020 07:43AM
...Better...stronger...faster...

I did not know it existed but the venerable DC-3/C-47 has been reborn as the
Basler BT-67.
Powered by twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines and
FAA Certified as a 'new aircraft'. Basler

Magazine article from 2010.

Plenty of pixs @ DuckDuckGo





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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 14, 2020 08:03AM
That’s kind of wild. And they sold a gunship version to Colombia ?
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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: March 14, 2020 08:13AM
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cbelt3
That’s kind of wild. And they sold a gunship version to Colombia ?

Shades of Puff the Magic Dragon
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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 14, 2020 08:16AM
That's wild.

I flew aboard a DC-3 years ago, it was both a work assignment and something that was on my bucket list (along with a B-17 that I flew aboard a few years later, also for work).

It was quite an experience and I recall that it was also incredibly loud, I can't imagine making a long trip on one. I have to wonder if the new engines and props make a big sound difference.



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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: March 14, 2020 08:51AM
This place down the road from me started out refurbishing DC-3s and such.
Now they are full blown spooks.
They even bought the airfield. Private property!

This picture is from their Facebook page.





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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: March 14, 2020 08:56AM
Does the Basler BT-67 also have the hump in the center aisle floor where the wing supports connect?
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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: March 14, 2020 09:38AM
Yes, as best as I recall this type of conversion has been going on for a few decades for the DC-3. Pretty common knowledge among most who follow aviation kinda closely. Definitely intriguing though.



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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: steve...
Date: March 14, 2020 09:41AM
There is also no shortage of viable airframes that can be converted into the BT-67.

White estimates that Basler's current production volumes suggest an at least 30-year supply of aircraft. "It's not really a concern for us," he says. "It's only possible that some airplanes may be a little harder to get."



Since it's one of my favorite airplanes, this is good news.

But I'll bet this new version doesn't have the great sound of the original planes.




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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: DP
Date: March 14, 2020 04:22PM
I thought turbines (what used to be called turboprops) were more fuel efficient than the old radial piston engines. But it's cool to see them still flying!





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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 14, 2020 07:58PM
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DP
I thought turbines (what used to be called turboprops) were more fuel efficient than the old radial piston engines. But it's cool to see them still flying!

"Powered by twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines"

There is a floatplane company is Seattle that rebuilds DeHavilland Beavers and retrofits them with turboprops. They build kits and ship worldwide. It used to take them all the way across Lake Union to get airborne. Now just a few hundred yards, and boy they sure can climb! [www.kenmoreairharbor.com] [backcountrypilot.org] [www.kenmoreair.com] [www.flightglobal.com]

Demand for the old Beavers and Otters is just barely below the threshold to have new ones built. Nowhere near the numbers of DC-3 or -47 airframes.



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Re: We like old cars, trains, etc; Howsabout an old "New" Airplane?
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: March 14, 2020 10:07PM
Turbine is a general term. Turboprops, turbojets, and turbofans are all a type of turbine engine.
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