The Fokker F.27 Friendship was developed after the Second World War by the Dutch Fokker Aircraft company. Designed as a transport aircraft, it was quite modern being equipped with turboprops Rolls Royce Dart engines and using a glued  construction structure. Designed as a replacement to the successful Douglas DC-3 airliner, it became very successful indeed. The first prototype, registered PH-NIV, first flew on 24 November 1955. The later machines were longer and several versions were developed. It was used by airlines but also air forces. Fairchild USA made the type under license. At the end of the Fokker F.27's production in 1987 more than 750 aircarft were manufactured, more than any other western European civil turboprop airliner at the time.

The Royal Netherlands Air force (KLu) also ordered the F.27, calling it also the Troopship next to the Friendship. This type was the F.27-300M Troopship of the Royal Netherlands Air Force in the mid 1970s. (A maritime version was also developed and a few aircraft were manufactured. The Royal Netherlands Air Force also operated the F.27M Maritime for coast guard duties.


Fokker F.27 KLu  (Royal Netherlands Air Force / Koninklijke Luchtmacht) rozet

A number of photo's from the seventies and eighties of Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu) F.27 aircraft. The KLu had 12 aircraft.

Photographed / Collection Fred Bachofner (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Details of a F.27 of the KLu:

Details of another camouflaged F.27:

F.27 demonstration aircraft with cheatline for 75 years KLu:

A F.27 KLu in the initial grey/dayglow scheme:

Selection of various KLu F.27 aircraft:

Please note that schemes could vary for a single KLu aircraft in time.

Fokker F.27 KLu

Photographed 2008 and 2010 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Details of a F.27 (serial 10160) with KLU code "C-10" in a special demonstration white livery:

The same aircraft has been repainted in a camouflage scheme and is now displayed below the roof but outside the new National Military Museum (NMM) at the former Soesterberg airbase, The Netherlands:.

Photographed July 2015 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Fokker F.27 KLu

This F.27 has a special white livery for use during UN assignments. It has the code "C-11" and also carries Chaff dispensers at the lower aft fuselage.

Photographed 1994 by Bas Damen, (c) copyright


This F.27 is a special version for maritime patrol duties. This Dutch F.27M has a white-dark grey scheme and was flown by the Royal Netherlands Air Force and sometimes also was based at the Dutch Antilles islands. This aircraft is coded "M-1" it has special equipment and pods. Seen at Fairford Air Tattoo in 1993.

Photographed 1980s by Bas Damen, (c) copyright



F.27 KLM owned NLM Cityhopper

Photographed / Collection Fred Bachofner (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Details of a civilian F.27 of the NLM CityHopper:

Several plastic scale models exist of the F.27. The old Airfix kit in 1/72, the later ESCI kit in 1/72. Also a fit-in-box scale 1/96 there is a very old Revell kit and in 1/144 the Doyusha kit.

Enthusiasts and historians may check-out here the KLu F.27 NedMil page here

One of our IPMS NL members has here an extensive 1/72 scale Fokker F.27 model overview, look here... [external link]


This walk around page was originally created January 2012 by M. de Vreeze