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Typenumber F.27. Friendship Mk 100/400
Type of aircraft
Passengerplane
Country The Netherlands
Date first flight 1955
Wingspan 29.00
Lenght 23.56
number of passengers 40
Enginetype R.Da 6 Mk 514-7
Engine
power
1670
Speed 486 km/h
Range 1715 km

The first F-27 prototype flew on November 24, 1955. The second prototype, which was 0.8 m longer and could sit 4 more passengers, flew on January 31, 1957. The aircraft entered production in November 1958. By the end of production in 1978, a total of approximately 700 F-27 were built.

Modifications:

F-27M "Troopship" - military transport with room for 45 paratroopers or 24 stretchers

F-27 Mk.500M - military version of F-27-400 with room for 50 paratroopers

F-27 Mk.600M - VIP transport

F-27 MPS "Maritime" - maritime patrol version of F-27M

F-50 - upgraded version, Pratt & Whitney PW124 engines, first flight December 28, 1985

Fokker F.27 Friendship Mk 100

Fokker F27 300M Troopship, Netherlands Airforce, C Den Pascoe, 1985

Fokker F27 300M Troopship, Netherlands Airforce, C Den Pascoe, 1985

Fokker F27 300M Troopship, Netherlands Airforce, C Den Pascoe, 1985

Fokker F27 Troopship, Indonesian Airforce, C M. Radzi Desa

 

Patrol aircraft


An important military derivative of the Fokker F.27 was the F.27 Maritime, a patrol aircraft for submarine hunting, marine search-and-rescue, pollution control, fishing inspection and other offshore duties. A general increase in territorial waters protection operations appeared to create further sales opportunities but these did not materialize. A total of 15 Maritimes was sold which was somewhat less than Fokker had hoped. A version of the Maritime having underwing attachment points for bombs and rockets was called the Maritime Enforcer.

Not all designs of F.27 variants were actually built, one of them being project P 301, a four-engined STOL version for very short runways. A model was shown at the 1971 Paris Air Show. It looked very much like the later de Havilland Canada Dash 7, for which demand proved to be limited.

The P 301 was never built - neither was the F.27 MS, a troopship version with rear-loading doors not unlike on the Andover variant of the Avro (now British Aerospace) 748.

Vehicles could easily be driven in and out through these doors. An F27 flying boat and a jet-powered F27 were two more variants that were never built.

The Kingbird was an AEW (airborne early warning) F27 having a retractable radome in its belly. Both the Kingbird and the Sentinel, fitted with mock-ups of the SLAR and radome, were shown at the 1984 Farnborough Air Show. Fokker did not build the F27 all by itself.

At an early stage in the series production, manufacture of the fuselages was sub-contracted to Dassault-Breguet.

 

Fokker F27 400M Troopship, Finland Airforce, C Eirik Nilsen

F-27M "Troopship" - military transport with room for 45 paratroopers or 24 stretchers

 

Two sub-versions that progressed little further than the drawing board were the Sentinel and the Kingbird. The Sentinel was a development of the Maritime equipped with SLAR (sideways-looking airborne radar) for border patrol.