Today I am requesting the absolute classic turboprop airliner…
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The Fokker F27 Friendship
The Fokker F27 was designed by Fokker, a Dutch aerospace manufacturer that produced aircraft from 1912 till its bankruptcy :( in 1996. The F27 was designed as a direct replacement for the popular Douglas DC-3s made available en masse following World War 2, the development started in the early 1950’s and by late 1955 the first F27 prototype took to the skies, and in 1958 the first F27 Friendship was delivered to Irish airline, Aer Lingus. Orders slowly trickled in but by the 1960’s the superiority over the piston-engined DC-3 was clear and larger orders became common. Around this time Fairchild Aircraft came into agreement with Fokker to began producing the F-27 across the pond in the United States creating what is known as the Fairchild F-27 and Fairchild would later stretch the base F27 into the Fairchild F-227, both with minor improvements here and there, by the end of the F27’s production run just under 600 Fokker aircraft would be completed with a farther 200 completed by Fairchild. The Fokker F27 Friendship was replaced by the F50/F60 in Fokker’s lineup which was produced until Fokker’s demise.
The Fokker F27 came in two main variations…
The F27-100 to 400 featuring the basic 77 foot fuselage along with other minor differences
The F27-500 featuring the F-227’s stretched 82 foot fuselage
I’m kinda sad about IFs lack of Fokker aircraft and rn we can change that! Anyway, I really love this classic European turboprop, and I hope you do too!