The Fokker/Fairchild F-27 Friendship

The first major civil aircraft designed and built by Fokker after WW II was the F27.  During 1950, Fokker determined what operators would like for a DC-3 replacement, and they developed the P.275 concept, with a shoulder-height wing, powered by a pair of turboprops.  By 1953, this had developed into the F27 with Rolls-Royce Dart engines, seating 32 passengers in a pressurized cabin and capable of operating from small airfields.  The Dutch government was so confident that Fokker had a winner that they funded the production of two flying and two test aircraft.  The prototype flew on November 24, 1955, and the project soon began to yield orders.  Fairchild Aircraft also saw the plane's potential, and secured a license-production agreement for airlines in the United States.  The Fairchild machines had a longer nose for weather radar, extra fuel tankage, American instrumentation, and seating for up to 40.  This version received its FAA Type Approval on July 16, 1958.  The F27/F-27 went on to become the best selling turboprop aircraft, with over 700 built.  

The initial type was followed by the F27 Mk 200/F-27A, with uprated engines, and then the Mk300/F-27B with freighter features.  The first major change was made in the F27 Mk 500, which had a fuselage stretch of almost 5 feet, while Fairchild developed the FH-227, which instead stretched the fuselage by 6 feet.  F-27's were very popular with the smaller regional and local airlines as DC-3 and Convair/Martin replacements.  They were very reliable, and many passengers enjoyed the fine views from the large windows unimpeded by the wing.  A few F-27's are still in service today, and manufacture of this popular plane was extended by the development of the Fokker 50, with new engines and avionics.  However, the closure of the Fokker company seems to have finally ended the story of this fine aircraft, although those examples flying today give good evidence of this fine aircraft's longevity.

FH-227 Demonstrator Base Pack (by permission of Mike Stone; should remain on this server). Thanks Mike for your help! Last updated on 10/12/12.

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Please add any liveries you might have for the F-27 using Mike Stone's model to the Pacific Air Lines Base Pack.

FS2004/FSX Pacific Air Lines F-27A Base Pack.  I've modified Mike Stone's F.27-200 into an F-27A, complete with proper pitot tubes, landing lights, and folding airstairs. It also has improved nacelle shape and main gear retraction sequence, along with a host of other improvements. It is also now FSX compatible. I've painted it into the colors of a Pacific F-27A, a California regional airline.  Pacific was later merged into Air West, which was bought by Howard Hughes and called Hughes Airwest, and was eventually merged into Republic and then into Northwest.  I saw many of these when I was a kid in Sacramento. Also includes an updated panel by Matthias Lieberecht and Tom Gibson. Thanks so much Mike for your permission for this project! Last updated on 6/17/13.   FS2002 version by Rob Bennis and Tom Gibson. Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000/FS98 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

FS2004/FSX Pacific Airlines F-27A 1965. Gary Harper has painted up the new F-27 in the later gray and red colors of Pacific. Thanks! Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 1/5/07.

FS2004/FSX Pacific Airlines F-27A 1967. This time it is Frank Gonzalez doing the honors, painting up this very sharp livery of Pacific Air Lines. This was their last livery before being merged into Air West. Thanks Frank! Last updated on 10/9/11.

 FS2004/FSX West Coast Airlines F-27.  I've also created an F-27 with round tip prop blades, and painted it into the interesting color scheme of West Coast Airlines.  West Coast was a regional airline serving Washington, Oregon, and Northern California.  It was another component of the Air West merger, but this is how I remember the F-27's.  Dave McQueen graciously furnished a photo to get this job done - thanks, Dave! Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 10/9/11.   FS2002 version by Tom Gibson and Rob Bennis.  Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000/FS98 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

 FS2004/FSX West Coast Airlines F-27 1967.  Here is the F-27 that Frank Gonzalez has painted into the later jet delivery colors of West Coast - enjoy! Last updated on 10/9/11.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson. Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000/FS98 version.  Last modified on 3/18/01.

 FS2004/FSX Air West F-27A Friendship (Blue/Mustard).  I've painted up the four Air West original paint schemes, and this is the first, a blue/mustard combination.  While this paint job doesn't look unusual today (in fact, it looks just like one of many), this was one of the first white fuselage schemes, resulting from the merger of Pacific, West Coast, and Bonanza Air Lines in 1968.  For that time, the paint job was considered radical, but was eventually emulated by many of the world's airlines. Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 10/9/11.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson and Rob Bennis.  Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000/FS98 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

 FS2004/FSX Air West F-27A Friendship (Green/Blue).  Here's another of the four schemes, once thought to be very avant garde.  Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 10/9/11.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson and Rob Bennis.  Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000/FS98 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

 FS2004/FSX Air West F-27A Friendship (Mustard /Orange).  Actually my first Air West paint job from long ago, this paint job was quite revolutionary back in the late '60's.  Dave McQueen supplied a photo for this paint job - thanks, Dave! Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 10/9/11.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson and Rob Bennis.  Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000/FS98 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

 FS2004/FSX Air West F-27 Friendship (Pink/Orange).  The final Air West scheme was pink and orange - very bright!  Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 10/9/11.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson and Rob Bennis.  Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

 FS2004/FSX Hughes Airwest F-27A.   After the Air West merger, the airline went through some lean times.  Howard Hughes decided to dabble in the airline business again after losing control of TWA, and bought Air West, which became Hughes Airwest.  This plane is in the "banana" paint scheme, after Hughes took over Air West, but before merger into Republic (which was bought by Northwest).  This has to be one of the brightest paint jobs ever - check out the futuristic lettering under the windows - in blue/purple!  Dave McQueen provided photos for this paint job - thanks, Dave!  Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 10/9/11.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson and Rob Bennis.  Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

 FS2004/FSX Bonanza Air Lines F-27A.  Henry William has repainted the F-27 into the southern component of the Air West merger, Bonanza.  Basing much of their operations out of Las Vegas, Bonanza's Silver Darts served the Southwest, including all of Southern California.  Use only the textures from this package - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 3/14/05. Texture modification by Tom Gibson (corrects logo slant on right side of the tail). FS2002 version by Tom Gibson and Rob Bennis.  Last modified on 8/26/02.  FS2000/FS98 version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

FS2004/FSX Connect Air F-27A. I've painted up this incredibly bright paint job of Connect Air, a small airline that flew between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara around 1984. Textures only - you must also download the Pacific Air Lines version above. Last updated on 10/9/11.

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