Basler BT-67

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A Kenn Borek Air Basler BT-67 at Williams Field, Antarctica (2008)
Role Cargo aircraft
Manufacturer Basler Turbo Conversions
Introduction January 1990
Number built 58[1]
Unit cost
US$4.5 million, US$6.5 million as of 2012.[2]
Developed from Douglas DC-3

The Basler BT-67 is a fixed-wing aircraft produced by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is built on a retrofitted Douglas DC-3 airframe, with modifications designed to improve the DC-3's serviceable lifetime. The conversion includes fitting the airframe with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines, lengthening the fuselage, strengthening the airframe, upgrading the avionics, and making modifications to the wings' leading edge and wing tip.

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 provide a long-range fuel tank which increases the aircraft range to 2,140 nmi (3,960 km).[3]


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

 El Salvador
 United States

Accidents and incidents

Specifications (BT-67)

Data from Born Again Basler[5] and Jane's Civil and Military Aircraft Upgrades 1994–95[6]

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


  • Cruise speed: 210 kn (242 mph; 389 km/h)
  • Range: 2,140 nmi (2,463 mi; 3,963 km) with 45 minute reserve and long-range fuel tank
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)

See also

Related development
Related lists


  1. "FAA Registry Name Inquiry Results". FAA. 2012-03-12. Retrieved March 12, 2012. Name inquiry with FAA for "Basler Turbo" returns 26 Douglas DC-3/C-47 conversions.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Eight FAQs". web site. Basler Turbo Conversions, LLC. Retrieved March 12, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "China to facilitate aviation support in Antarctic research expeditions". Retrieved 9 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Flight International 24–30 April 1991, p. 42.
  6. Michell 1994, pp. 245–246.
  • "Born Again Basler". Flight International. Vol. 139 no. 4264. 24–30 April 1991. pp. 40–43.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Michell, Simon (1994). Jane's Civil and Military Upgrades 1994–95. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-1208-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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