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Old 08-31-2015, 12:38 PM
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interesting seeing them reborn with new powerplants. PT9s?
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Originally Posted by chimmike View Post
interesting seeing them reborn with new powerplants. PT9s?
Most of them have gotten PT6A-67Rs, a few others have gotten RR.

http://www.baslerturbo.com/
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I was thinking the same thing - interesting seeing what was always a very airworthy platform being updated with turboprops and still in service!
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The float versions are very cool. I love the sound of those DC-3's, I know it's one before I even look up. That and the Twin Beech flew over my house all the time when I was a kid...very distinct sounds.

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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wexLhuDLZGw


I was watching this "Planes the that changed the world" on the Smithsonian Channel the other night and that episode was about the DC3....very interesting.
Thank you, very cool!
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A bunch of those Basler conversions were purchased by the Columbian drug cartel to use to fly coke into the US. They we're seized by the government at the factory and sold at auction or used for government work. I've seen that DC-3 on float at Ft. Pierce Airport. The guy has an inflatable boat onboard... lands on lakes and fishes.

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Striking a proud pose on the runway, our DC-3 awaited our boarding at the Ensenada airport. It looked as if it was good for at least a couple of more landings and take-offs. Our confidence soared as we admired the Aeronaves de Mexico signage on the fuselage. We were off for another Baja adventure and we lived to tell about it. This was so long ago, I don't even remember where we were going. I do remember stopping in Guererro ***** on the way, getting stuck on the dirt runway (one wheel fell into a pothole). The controller got out a shovel and dug us out. It was only a slight delay señor.

Those really were the good old days. The nostalgia is priceless. Thanks for the memories.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wexLhuDLZGw


I was watching this "Planes the that changed the world" on the Smithsonian Channel the other night and that episode was about the DC3....very interesting.

Just starting to watch it now. Thanks for the link.

OP, interesting pics.
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Originally Posted by ThreeLittleFish View Post
A bunch of those Basler conversions were purchased by the Columbian drug cartel to use to fly coke into the US. they we're seized by the government and sold at auction or used for government work. .
LOL that makes perfect sense. Who better to fund a conversion?
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So I'm guessing those conversions upgrade wing strength and airframe for the updated power and speed?
Wonder how much more speed they get out of those straight wings.

Surely the efficiency is fantastic!
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That was very cool.

There are a lot of originals around the cane fields around the Big O. They fly workers in from S. America to cut the cane (dangerous work).

Love to see one on floats!
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I flew on the delta dc-3 about 10 or so years ago. Neat experience. I saw the float plane, maybe, 20 years ago.

I had seen a bunch of the turbine conversions before, but I was surprised to see the trip engine ones. I had never heard of that before.
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I've seen the float version up in Maine at Folsom's flying service.

Here's a video

https://youtu.be/pJ6zTZuq5zw
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Wife's uncle owned one for a while. Landed it all around the Caribbean in the 60's and 70's. Barbados was his favorite.
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Described by some as being as close as anyone has ever gotten to designing the perfect airplane. Definitely on the short list along with ones like the Cessna 172, C-130 and 747.
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The old Gooney's are still alive and well in all hemispheres. C-47s were used as the first gunships in Viet Nam.
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A must watch!

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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
Perfect airplane..
Yes...many in the industry have said just that.
And that is probably what gave it such a long life...and with so many produced...about 10,000.
The number of planes actually produced as DC-3's was a hair over 600. Most of the 11,000 "DC-3's" were C-47's. That 10,000+ number does not include the almost 5000 that were license built the USSR and the 500 or so "unlicensed" copies built by the Japanese.. When they came out with the "Super DC3" in 1949, it was a total failure because there were so many surplus panes in service, they only sold 3 of the new model and by then, it was obsolete as a first line passenger aircraft anyway. One other interesting fact is that there was no DC3 prototype. they just built is based on the upgraded DC2 platform and sold the first one to American Airlines. Try that today with the FAA.
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That was great, loved the handheld GPS, but better yet the ace mechanics with big hammers and no torque wrenches needed. Also loved the female copilot doing the hail mary before takeoff.
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