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post #1 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 12:26 PM
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 12:42 PM
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Actually we are all just completely green with envy... That is the coolest thing I have seen posted in years as I had no idea they were converting the old DC-3's like that.

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 02:04 PM
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Wonderfull airplane - look at the amount of siderudder on pict. nr. 1 when those big prop's bites the air or' is'it during taxi ?
Never seen a turboProp "DC3" here in europe - a indeed rare airplane

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Actually we are all just completely green with envy... That is the coolest thing I have seen posted in years as I had no idea they were converting the old DC-3's like that.
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Oh yeah...they also do DC3 turbo gunships for Columbia to fight FARC. A modern day "Spooky"
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A DC-3 is not the same without those radial engines......

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 08:54 PM
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The American Airlines museum has one of those in Dallas, pretty neat to go inside and take a look around.

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A DC-3 is not the same without those radial engines......
Agreed.

Beautiful pic though, probably once in a lifetime!
I've always wished I could get a pic of my bike with one of the 60's at work. Stupid Top Secret mumbo jumbo bull donkey.

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post #10 of 12 Old 03-18-2010, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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The thing about dc3's is they are so graceful. On the tarmac or in flight. When I first saw that thing out my front window banking back to the Adams Flugplatz it had a style and grace like no other...sort of like Martha Stewart in a cocktail dress. That thing is truly STOL capable with those turbos. Withing seeminly 150 feet of rolling the tail wheel is off the ground and then she lofts skyward in little more than a football field. Idon't know much about the props but I think they can feather and reverse the pitch on the props for braking bacause she landed and stopped just as fast. I asked the guy from Basler what the people that originally designed this airframe would think if they knoew it was still out flying.

"I dunno. They're all dead."

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post #11 of 12 Old 03-18-2010, 03:33 AM
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"I dunno. They're all dead."
Ha.

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post #12 of 12 Old 03-18-2010, 06:35 AM
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Probably the coolest thing I have seen and read in quite a while on here. Thanks for the thread and the pic!

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