The F.27 Friendship has proved to be the most successful post-war European manufactured aircraft and the best turbo-prop of its class in the world. Illustrated with many photos and plan.
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The F.27 Friendship has proved to be the most successful post-war European manufactured aircraft and the best turbo-prop of its class in the world. The initial design brought advanced technology and economy to short-haul air transport with modern standards of performance, comfort and safety.
Through the continuous process of development and improvement the type still remains in production some 20 years on. Friendships are now in world-wide service undertaking both civil and military roles. The F.27 design evolved from the Fokker Air-craft Company's desire to regain its foothold in world commercial aviation after the Second World War.
During the period from 1918 to 1939 Fokker had built up a commendable reputation for their commercial aircraft and the company wanted to return to the market with a viable design. Throughout the late 1930s the company had been working on the F.24 project, a high wing, medium range design powered by two Wright Cyclone piston engines. The F.24 was designed to carry up to 36 Passengers and some components were under construction when hostilities intervened.