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Fokker/Fairchild F27 Friendship, Fokker 50 & Fokker 60

The Fokker F27 is one of the most successfull examples of the first genera­tion turboprop aircraft in its class. More than 750 Friendships were built, both by Fokker and Fairchild, before the production line was transferred to the second-generation Fokker 50.  

The aircraft is characterised by high wings with a small dihedral and long main landing gear legs, retracting backward in the engine nacelles. The exhaust is at the side of the nacelle, below the wing leading edge. The nose is pointed and of the six cockpit windows the first side window is much smaller than the others, typical for the F27. The dorsal fin in front of the trapezium shaped vertical stabiliser is relatively large. The trailing edge of the vertical fin ends in the tail cone, with a nice curve.  

The pointed nose of a Fokker 50, with the typical small first cockpit side window that can be found on all F27 versions. The nose gear can be different.

The long main landing gear of the F27 retracts backward in the long engine nacelles.

The F27 family has a trapezium shaped vertical stabiliser with a slightly forward tilted trailing edge, ending in a pointed tail cone. Also note the large dorsal fin.

Different versions

This is how to recognise the different versions of the F27, Fokker 50 and Fokker 60:

  • the shape of the engine nacelles
  • the length of the fuselage 
  • the size and number of cabin windows
  • the number of wheels on the nose gear
  • the presence of bent-up wingtips

Details will be added later.

Confusion possible with

Antonov An-24 & Xian Y-7

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The Antonov An-24 and its Chinese counterpart Y-7 have more and more equally sized cockpit windows, a forward retracting main gear and wings with anhedral on the outer wings. Also the trailing edge of the vertical stabiliser is exactly vertical.

Xian MA60/MA600

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Being developed from the Xian Y‑7 the MA60 and MA600 share a lot of elements with the original aircraft. Thus the differences compared to the Fokker F27 are also similar. (photo: Allen Zhao/WikiMedia)