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Old 12-08-2015, 09:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: F27 Nostalgia

The F27 is an interesting aircraft with a lot of history behind it, I think most have been retired but there may be a few still flying somewhere in the world.

The Fokker was built under license in the United States as the Fairchild F-27 / F-227 not far from where I live, in Hagerstown Maryland. Over 200 were produced and were used extensively as short hop commuter airliners in the USA for many years. One such Fairchild F-227 had the dubious distinction of being the aircraft that crashed high in the Andes mountains in 1972, Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 clipped a mountain peak at nearly 14,000 feet on the Argentina-Chile border and came to rest in a valley below with 27 survivors. The crash and struggle for survival was featured in a made for TV movie called "Alive!" Only about 16 people survived the 70+ day ordeal high in the freezing mountains, and are said to have lived partly by resorting to cannibalism.
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