Monday, May 14, 2012

Spectrem Douglas (Basler) BT-67 Turbo-67 (DC-3) ZS-ASN at Rockhampton Airport Monday

Making a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport on Monday 14 May was Spectrem Douglas (Basler) BT-67 Turbo-67 (DC-3) ZS-ASN.

This extraordinary aircraft is owned by Anglo Operations and is used for mineral surveys word-wide. It is still going strong after some 60 years.

Originally a C-47B-40-DK (Oklahoma City) it was delivered in June 1945 to the United States Air Force (USAF) and given the s/n 44-77249, tail number 477249. It then went to the RAF as KP279 in July. It started civilian life with British European Airways in 1952 as G-AMNV, named "Sir Eric Geddes" and has been registered all over the world since then.

ZS-ASN was fitted with magnetometer tail and wingtip housings at Toronto in 1982. It was converted to a Basler Turbo 67 in late 1992 and has Pratt &Whitney PT6A-67R engines. This was Basler's 11th conversion. The fuselage is stretched 40" ahead of the center-section.

ZS-ASN is expected to be around Rockhampton for a few days.

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