Answered Prayers

A Home For MFI! - Fort Pierce, Florida

 

The Dream Realized:

 

A Hangar Large Enough For 3 DC-3's,

 

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Indoor Maintenance, Repair Oversight, & Paint Booth,

 

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Warehouse, Loading Supplies, & Mail Room,

 

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Spacious Offices & Break Room,

 

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Comfortable Waiting Area,

 

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ALL Under One Roof!  Praise The Lord!


Upgrading For The 21st Century!

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The World's Most Reliable Aircraft Teamed
With the Most Reliable Engine

In 1976, Missionary Flights upgraded to our first Douglas DC-3, and it was a BIG step of faith.  By the same faith we claimed our second DC-3, then a third and fourth.  Finally, in January of 2003, Missionary Flights purchased our first turbine DC-3.  After a few weeks of maintenance inspections and FAA approval, the turbine DC-3 was placed into service to Haiti and the Dominican Republic in June, 2003.  Since then, the aircraft has proven to be an extremely reliable and valuable tool for MFI.  We have transported thousands of affiliated missionaries and their guests and literally tons of personal items, supplies and letters to the mission field.  It was soon apparent that MFI needed to upgrade to all turbine aircraft.  In 2010 we praised the Lord when we were able to purchase a second turbine DC-3.  In the fall of 2011 after a year of restoration that second turbine DC-3 was put into service for missions. Now that we have been operating two turbine DC-3's our operation is much more efficient and cost effective. Because the standard piston-engine DC-3's are so much less efficient, we have sold all of them except for one that still needs some additional work before it can be flown again.  


Turbo Power

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The difference is obvious from this angle!

The original DC-3 airplane was designed to operate daily out of unimproved airfields with little maintenance support.  For this reason, several companies have converted the original DC-3's by adding a 40" section to the cabin and installing two modern and proven Pratt & Whitney PT-6 turbo-prop engines.  This effectively breathes new life into this workhorse.  Fully loaded the turbine DC-3 climbs to cruise altitude within minutes and allows for faster groundspeeds, larger capacity, and greatly reduces the maintenance required for each flight.

The turbo-prop engines are a vast maintenance and performance improvement over the original DC-3 radial engines.  These airplanes can routinely carry up to 7,000 pounds, a 27% increase in load capacity while averaging close to 40 knots (46 MPH) faster while only burning 30% more fuel.

Modern navigation and communication radios are installed, and of course the turbo-prop engines and associated systems are installed.  As you can see from the chart below, there is quite a difference between the two airplanes!


Aircraft Comparisons

 


Turbo-Prop DC-3

Douglas DC-3

Engines

Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65AR

Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp 1830-75

Time Between Overhauls (TBO)

6,000 Flight hours

1,800 Flight hours

Maximum Takeoff Weight

26,900 pounds

26,900 pounds

Maximum Useful Load

11,800 pounds

8,620 pounds

Maximum Useable Fuel

1,030 gallons

804 gallons

Maximum Rate of Climb

1,560 feet per minute

1,200 feet per minute

Certified Ceiling

24,000 feet

20,000 feet

Normal Cruising Speed (12,000 ft)

195 knots

155 knots

Fuel Flow (Normal Cruise)

140 GPH /905 PPH

110 GPH /660 PPH

Maximum Range

1,341 nautical miles

1,132 nautical miles

Maximum Payload (zero fuel)

10,300

8,520

Maximum Seating

32

32