From Scramble - The Aviation Magazine
|Role||Passenger transport, cargo aircraft and several military purposes.|
|First Flight||24 November 1955|
|Entered Service||19 November 1958|
Fairchild (under license)
|Dimensions (Fokker F27-100)|
|Length||23,5 m||77 ft 2 in|
|Wingspan||29,0 m||95 ft 2 in|
|Height||8.50 m||28 ft 0 in|
|Wing area||70,0 m²||753 ft²|
|Maximum takeoff weight||kg||lb|
|Power||kW (each)||hp (each)|
|Thrust||kN (each)||lbf (each)|
|Rate of climb||ft/min||m/min|
Design studies for Fokker's first airliner after World War II were initiated in 1950. In 1951 Fokker received support for this study for "Ontwerp 271" and the next two years were spent studying a variety of different configurations before the decision was made in favour of a twin-Dart aeroplane with pressurised accommodation for 28 passengers and a minimum range of 483 km with a capacity payload. On September 1, 1953 the development programme for the F27 Friendship started. Four prototypes were to be built, two for test flying (F-1 and F-3) and the other two for static fatigue tests (F-2 and F-4). The first prototype (F-1) was powered by two Rolls-Royce Dart 6 Mk.507 engines and flew first on 24 November 1955 as PH-NIV. The second prototype (F-3), which had a 0.91 meter lengthened fuselage and the higher-powered Rolls-Royce Dart 6 Mk.511, followed on 31 January 1957 as PH-NVF. The first production aircraft (F-5 c/n 10105), a Fokker F27-101 made its first flight on 23 March 1958 as PH-FAA and was h/o to Aer Lingus on 19 November 1958 as EI-AKA. Until production of the Fokker F27 ended in 1986 a total of 786 aircraft were built, including 206 manufactured under licence by Fairchild in the U.S.A. The type was succeeded by the Fokker 50.
- F27-100 - original version with 44 seats.
- F27-200 - with Rolls Royce Dart Mk 532 engines.
- F27-300M - "Troopship" for military use.
- F27-400 - "combi" with Dart7 engines and a freight door.
- F27-400M - "Troopship" for military use.
- F27-500 - Longer version with 52 seats.
- F27-500F - Modified F27-500 with smaller doors, developed for Australia.
- F27-600 - Freight version of F27-200.
- F27-700 - Freight version of F27-100 with large cargo door.
- F27 Maritime - Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).
- F-27, F-27A, F-27B, F-27F, F-27J en F-27M, build by Fairchild.
- FH-227, FH-227B, FH-227C, FH-22D, FH-227E, build by Fairchild-Hiller.
- P-301, proposed 4-engined version, design only (see Images for line drawing)
- Aer Lingus
- AeroCondor S.A.
- AeroCondor Express S.A.
- Aeronor Chile
- Air Alsace
- Air Anglia
- Air Contractors ltd
- Air Huson
- Air New Zealand
- Air Niugini
- Air Panama
- Air Tanzania
- Air UK
- Ansett ANA
- British Midland
- Britt Air
- Commercial Airways (Pty) Ltd
- Delta Air Transport
- East West
- F27 Friendship Association
- Farnair Europe
- Federal Express Corporation
- Icelandic Government
- KLM Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij
- Merpati Nusantara Airlines
- NLM Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij
- Nigerian Air Force
- Pakistan International Airlines
- Philippine Air Lines
- Schreiner Airways
- Securite Civile
- SonAir S.A.
- Stichting Fokker Heritage Flight
- TAM Brasil
- Uni Air
- WDL Aviation (Koln) GmbH
- Bolivia (6)
- Finnish Air Force (3)
- Netherlands (12)
- New Zealand (3)
- Peru (Coastguard)
- Spain (3)
- Thailand (5)
- United States
F-27 Friendship of 334 Squadron