"The DC-3 was a beautiful,
going to waste
We realized that by
turbinizing and modernizing
the airplane it would
go on for many years.
". . . for years the aviation
industry had been
searching for a replacement
for this rugged and
reliable aircraft . . .
at Basler Turbo Conversions
we're building it."
- Warren Basler
1926 to 1997
Mr. Basler's love of aviation went back to his
childhood. With a freshly inked pilot's license and an entrepreneurial
spirit, Mr. Basler and his wife, Patricia, purchased the local FBO from Steve
Wittman in 1957. Renamed Basler Flight Service, the company grew quickly and
soon spun off the division Basler Airlines. It was this area where Basler
became a well-known and highly respected name. Flying passenger and cargo
configured DC-3's, Basler Airlines helped usher in an era of aviation that was
attainable to all sizes of businesses with the need to move people and cargo
around the world.
As close as the piston DC-3 came to perfection,
Mr. Basler knew that there was a need for a better and more efficient
version of this highly reliable aircraft. With this vision, Basler Turbo
Conversions was created with the participation of outside investors.
Production began in the new 75,000 square foot facility in January, 1990 at
Wittman Regional Airport in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Since that time, BT-67 aircraft
have been manufactured and sold to customers from every corner of the world.
The company is still headquartered
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