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    Rally Rat kreinke's Avatar
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    for airplane lovers

    I was at home working on Mom's Eulogy. Kept hearing a big turbo prop going overhead. Looked out the window and saw a Basler DC3 conversion doing a slow pass banked over my house. I'm thinking "Cool. Don't see one of those every day." Ten minutes later it flies over again...then again. It turns out that he was practicing take-offs and landings on the grass runway at Adams Airport.

    Our air force and CIA pilots get re-qualified to fly Basler conversions because Columbia and other countries still use them as transports. So I go to the airport with digicam in hand. There's a small contingent of local airplane owners parked with their cars out by the runway as amazed as I am. I get permission from the airport director. "Yeah go ahead. Ride the bike out there just stay off the runway." So I do some dual sporting on a VFR and here she taxis right by me heading to the tarmac where I was when I talked to the airport guy.

    They allow me to park my bike next to the plane for a photo. One of the most iconic airplanes of all time with arguably one of the world's most iconic motorcycles.

    Not only that I get to hear all kinds of stories and get to walk up inside the thing!

    Trust me. The 6000# winch in the floor may seem strange but it's a very long uphill walk to a big taildragger's cockpit. Imagine trying to push cargo up to the front.

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    Yep, thats their corporate plane.
    The converted model is actually labeled the BT-67. (Basler-Turbo 67)
    It's pretty amazing to see the before and after when they convert these things. They'll do everything from full luxury to gun ships. And I mean gun ships. Some of their customer work ups for Columbia included reinforcements for machine gun mounts and side windows to shoot out of. These planes are used in their war on drugs.
    BTW, I've had a few white knuckle landings at that airfield in a Cessna 172 with a crosswind. My parents had a house on Friendship Pond (Lake)

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    Schweet....I love the sound of the old big radials....ever been to the air Races in's rumblicious!
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    Nice. They did those conversions at Oshkosh, right? No doubt, that's one of the sturdiest airframes ever.

    We've got two converted C-47's based here. I hopped a low and slow sunset champaign flight along the Mississippi with a couple cuties on one of them a few years ago. It has a complete corporate interior along right up to the 24K gold plated fixtures. Imagine a G-5 interior in a DC-3.

    ...Sometimes, it's who you know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreinke View Post
    The real porn for me is that cockpit photo... there's a nice 75 year spread of technology in this picture.. what a cool plane, I would love to fly one of these.

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    This is one of my Fav's.

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    Registered User Rinty's Avatar
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    Nice shot.

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    Registered User tourunigo's Avatar
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    that is so cool! I have been doing some writing regarding my father's career in the RCAF and post-war. He died a test pilot in 1949 while testing a beat off BT-13 trainer. Anyway, after the war he flew the DC-3 for Rimouski Airlines in Quebec. PM sent to you. Thanks for posting.... and the background story about the current use is especially interesting. - Bob
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    Very cool, THANKS!!!
    Too damn many bikes to list

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