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Fairchild FH-227

In April 1956 Fokker in the Netherlands concluded an agreement with Fairchild for manufacture of the F27 Friendship then under development in Holland. Thus Fairchild became responsible for production and marketing in North America of the F27 series of aircraft that corresponded to some of those built by the Dutch company. However, when Fokker developed a 'stretched' version known as the F27 Mk 500, Fairchild decided to design its own version with a lengthened fuselage and this was identified as the Fairchild Hiller FH-227.

The FH-227 differed from the standard F27 by having a fuselage 'stretch' of 1.83m to provide accommodation for a maximum of 52 passengers, with increased baggage and cargo space, and by the installation of 1678kW Rolls-Royce Dart RDa.7 Mk 532-7 turboprop engines. The first of two FH-227 prototypes made its initial flight on 27 January 1966. Production of FH-227s and their variants had reached 79 when production ended. About 30 FH-227s of different marks remained in airline service in 1991.

Fairchild FH-227

 ENGINE2 x turbo-prop Rolls-Royce RDa-7 Mk.532, 1655kW
    Take-off weight20640 kg45504 lb
    Empty weight12478 kg27509 lb
    Wingspan29.0 m95 ft 2 in
    Length25.5 m84 ft 8 in
    Height8.4 m28 ft 7 in
    Wing area70.0 m2753.47 sq ft
    Max. speed483 km/h300 mph
    Range w/max.fuel2500 km1553 miles
    Range w/max.payload800 km497 miles

Vincent van Huijstee, 27.10.2017

The F27 and F28 as well as the follow-ups, the F50 and F100 were great planes built by the Dutch Fokker Aircraft Company. In the beginning of the Fokker Company about 90% of everything that flew around the globe, came from the Fokker Aircraft Company.........

Richard Neyland, 04.04.2017

My first flight on one of these great airplanes was on an Ozark FH-227B, N4218, from St. Louis to Kansas City with a stop in Columbia, back in 1971 while I was serving in the Air Force. Today I am building a model of this same aircraft with the use of 2 Revell kits (1/94 scale). Can anyone tell me what that small square object on the dorsal fin near the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer is? Not prevalent on the F-27 series, I am assuming that it's a housing for the flight data recorders.

Jörg P. A. Thomsen, 21.07.2015

Dear All,
first of all, I wish to thank you for this page and the opportunity to read such valuable comments. I only flew once with a F227 from Asunción to Montevideo, back in 1977. I agree with Ron Watts comments. As the curator and director of the museum about the Tragedy/miracle in the Andes of 1972 (www mandes uy) I would say that thanks to the plane´s design, there were survivors. Please see the movie and/or the book "Alive"

Andy Skiba, 10.02.2015

I flew the F-27J for Allegehny Airlines in the mid 60's. great airconditioning in the summer. but a dog when it was hot( high field density). 54%redux bonding construction made it stiff and strong gave a rough ride in turbulence...
The neumatic system was supposed to be fail safe but we had a total system failure right out of maintenance including the emergency system which wasn't supposed to happen. Had to manually crank the gear down and fly with it extended back to our maint base....not a
great airplane but not a bad one either....

Walter, 17.11.2014

This airplane has a devastating safety-record

Bob Wallace, 02.07.2014

I flew the FH227 on the DEW line in the early 70's. We operated from gravel strips to resupply the radar sites. A definite step up from the DC3's and the C46's.In warm weather (+20c or higher) we would from time to time use the water meth injection for t/o. The gear was pneumatically operated.If there was any moisture in the lines in the winter (-50c or lower),the gear could freeze in the up position.The company modified the system with a standby 3000 psi nitrogen bottle with a separate set of lines which could be used to lower the gear if this situation happened (only once that I know of).Operating in the arctic in shirt sleve comfort was a very nice experience.

Ted Goater, 21.06.2014

Flew just about every model of the F27 built, 100/200/500/227 logging just over 3000 command hours, many as an instructor and check pilot. My favourite was the 227, mainly because it had an APU. A bit noisy, but otherwise a good aircraft to fly.

Leroy McVay, 16.10.2013

1957(?) FAA examiner and pilot making insturment landings at night at Salt Lake. Using early version of radio altimiter. Thought they had lots of altitude; forgot they were banked over in turn. Older units broadcast the signal straight down from a/c. Banked over they didn't realize they were too low. Flew into lake, lost both pilots.

John D, 13.03.2013

I worked at Dowtys in the '60's and tested the main undercarriage every time Fairchild increase the landing weight of the aircraft!

Ramsey.watson, 11.06.2012

Do you guys have any pics of this aircraft?

Dane Hays, 09.03.2012

Bill Roll could have added that before West Coast & Air West, Bonanza Airlines (which also merged into Air West) converted their entire fleet of DC-3s to F-27s overnight around 1960. My dad was one of their station mgrs. I flew on one of the route inaugural flights & then on the first DC-9 inaugural when they switched to them.

Bill Roll, 22.02.2011

I started flying the F-27 for West Coast Airlines in 1966 which became Airwest then Hughes Airwest. I can remember carrying lots of ice with that bird over the mountains in the Pacific NW over the 8 years I flew it! I have a soft spot for the F-27 since it was the first aircraft I flew as an airline Captian at age 27.

Albert Neal, 19.01.2011

Any aircraft that gets you safely to your destination is a good aircraft...at least for that trip. The Fairchild 227 is considered underpowered, especially for routes involving mountain airports or high density altitude work. Aircraft of this type, are worked hard on short routes. They also have to operate in the worst altitudes for bad weather, and have the lowest technology in terms of de-icing equipment.

Bob Leonard, 26.10.2010

F-27/FA-227 co-pilot in 1972, typed 1973 at Piedmont Airlines.
My first larger aircraft...lots of respect for its power and flight characteristics. Enjoyed flying it once I got engine and prop management learned. Nice large windows which gave good views for the passengers but the forward part of the cabin received strong noise from the two Rolls Royce Dart engines. Operated in and out of several 4,000 ft. runways daily during warm summer months. A stable approach (on ref speed)was required. The Dart engines made lots of noise. All in all, a good flying aircraft which you treated with respect.

Ron Watts, 24.04.2010

In 1968 I was a passenger on an FH-227, flying from Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Atlanta, Georgia, on an interview trip to the East coast. Night had fallen as we approached Atlanta, and the incredible windows, which extended down to seat level, provided me the most magnificent view of the city I had ever seen before or since. With the wings at the top of the fuselage there was absolutely no impediment to viewing the dazzling display resembling thousand of miniature Christmas tree lights. Even the landing was exceptional, since you seemed to be only six feet above the tarmac, and the impression of speed during landing was truly realistic. I don't remember ever having such a wonderful flying experience, and nothing we have today in the way of passenger jets even comes close. Today you are simply in a tiny metal box with limited or no view and little feeling for what is actually happening outside. The FH-227 is and will always be my favorite passenger airplane of all time.

J Mallard, 20.01.2010


Mike Boyette, 20.01.2010

I flew a corporate version of the F-27 for 4 years, and it
is still my favorite aircraft over a career of more than
50 years. It's unbelieveable what this airplane is capable

RAFAEL, 11.01.2009

Este modelo o fh 227 foi aquele mesmo do acidente nos Andes em 72, pertencente a força aerea do Uruguai o avião foi fretado por um time de rugbi depois de 72 dias desaparecido 2 passageiros conseguiram o socorro 16 das 45 pessoas a bordo sobreviveram. A causa do acidente foi um erro grotesco do piloto,como gosto de avião e fiquei curioso em perquisar sobre este modelo

Santos Gabriela, 03.02.2007

Hello, I study Aeronautic in UNLP(Argentina )and I NEED the appraching speed of F-27FRIENDSHIP ,F-28MK 1000 ,THANK YOU !!

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