The advantages of the DC-3 Turbo Prop conversion are pretty impressive as we see this list of improvements over the original DC-3 performance chart ( see also their link http://www.preferredturbine-3.com/specifications.html).
Early 2018, I visited the Hangars of ‘Preferred AirParts’ in a cold NE Ohio. I met the co-owner Brian Stoltzfus who showed me around in his ‘Phoenix Factory” where they resurrect old DC-3/C-47 airframes to a better-than-new state with Turbo-Prop engines and modern cockpit interiors for the commercial cargo market.
I was impressed, by the intricate works they did on the aircraft with total re-skinning of wings, parts of the fuselage and all-new avionics.
Brian surprised me with his modest but very dedicated attitude to make this ‘Longevity Winner’ Aircraft even better. He was the one who told me the DC-3 in this shape will make it as the first aerial transport in the World to stretch her operational life beyond the year 2044. I.e the year where the aircraft will become 100 years of age. And still making revenues for the owner!
But on 21 January 2019, Brian died in an aircraft accident. With his beloved DC-3 Turbo, he crashed shortly after take-off from his private airstrip in Kidron, OH.
After my visit, he helped me writing this chapter in February 2018.
A memorable visit to a most remarkable man, may this chapter bring a tribute to him.
In memoriam of Brian, RIP
Michael believes the piston cargo DC-3 is fast becoming an endangered species: TMF Aircraft Inc (Florida) went out of business 2 years ago and
‘Catalina Flying Boats Inc’ sold their last cargo DC-3 to Preferred Air Parts.
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