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A Kenn Borek Air Basler BT-67 at Williams Field, Antarctica.
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 2014.[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.


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

  • Aerocontractors, United States
  • Antarctic Logistics Centre International (ALCI), South Africa
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • Bell Geospace Aviation, Inc, United States
  • Kenn Borek Air, Canada
  • Polar Research Institute of China, China[3]
  • Spectrem Air Surveys, South Africa
  • United States Forest Service, United States
  • World Air Logistics, Thailand

Military operators

 El Salvador
United States

Accidents and incidents

Specifications (BT-67)

Data from Born Again Basler[4] and Jane's Civil and Military Aircraft Upgrades 1994–95[5]

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: 1,000 nmi (1,151 mi; 1,852 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)

See also


  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." 
  2. "Eight FAQs". web site. Basler Turbo Conversions, LLC. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  3. "China to facilitate aviation support in Antarctic research expeditions". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. Flight International 24–30 April 1991, p. 42.
  5. Michell 1994, pp. 245–246.

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