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Old 12-08-2015, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For the first two years of my aviation career, back in the early 80s, I was cabin crew on the F27, so I have a real soft spot for this beautiful little airliner. It was very much ahead of its time, and in my opinion outclassed the Handley Page Herald.

This short video in Dutch was made for Fokker during the final stages of design, and then the flight testing. Commentary in Dutch, but the presenter, who was a test pilot for the company, spoke English. However, his words are 'drowned out' with Dutch translation, but then, it was a Dutch aircraft, so I guess it's quite appropriate. Some nice footage, enjoy.

http://youtu.be/S98q0BBGajA
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You were lucky to enjoy a career beginning on a 'classic'. The F27 is certainly a gem that has earned a solid place in commercial aviation history. Currently, though, its successor -- the F50 -- is holding that place in my 1:200 collection.
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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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I flew on F-27s several times in the early 1960s and always loved the ride. A great airliner.
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She was my first .

I was six years old , dont remember a thing offcourse.
My parents told me that after 20 minutes of flight i wanted to get out.
I asked the stewardess if i could get out because i had enough of the noise .

Still that Dart noise must have sparked something in me.
Decades later and i am still caught with the virus of flying machines.

I simply loved the sound of the dart. On the "page" the "HS748" and the friendhip offcourse. Its a noise that stays with you for live.

Later in live i flew her many times , and actually jumped out of her alot in my army days.
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I'm sure that the galley on the F27 was one of the loudest places on earth! But I'd work one again in an instant. Good to hear that others have fond memories of the type. Pictured here is one of the Air UK workhorses, on which I spent many hours. This one was affectionately known as 'Bouncy' among some of the crews! Happy days.

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Yeah that wonderfull Blue Air UK colour .
Wonder what happend to all of them, fallen victim to the scrapper i am afraid.
It is almost heresy
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I guess that most have now gone. But pleased to say that 'MY still survives, fully restored, at Norwich Airport. Very fitting, what with the long standing relationship between Air UK, Norwich Airport, and of course the F27 itself.

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Sweet!!! I do miss her alot.
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