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Old 12-08-2009, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What aircraft is this?

I live in Adelaide, Australia and have recently noticed this plane flying back and forth over the southern suburbs every few days. It has flown the same path 5 times today and I'd like to know what aircraft it is, and possibly what it could be used for.

The image quality is a little poor. I don't have the registration number unfortunately.



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Old 12-08-2009, 10:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like a Fokker F27 "Friendship" to me. As for uses, it could be anything. Airline flights, charter, even freight.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's for real an F-27 Fokker. I have worked thousands of flights on this aircraft. If memory serves its 2,000 horsepower each side. Can hold 40 passengers, and SOME of their luggage....lol......little inside joke there. They have been workhorses forever, I couldn't believe it when your photo popped up here. They have largely been absent from the USA since the late 70's. These planes are generally short haul and inhabit the lower bumpier altitudes. The airline I worked for sold a bunch of these to Saudi Arabia and the mideast a long time ago.............
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's for real an F-27 Fokker. I have worked thousands of flights on this aircraft. If memory serves its 2,000 horsepower each side. Can hold 40 passengers, and SOME of their luggage....lol......little inside joke there. They have been workhorses forever, I couldn't believe it when your photo popped up here. They have largely been absent from the USA since the late 70's. These planes are generally short haul and inhabit the lower bumpier altitudes. The airline I worked for sold a bunch of these to Saudi Arabia and the mideast a long time ago.............
I believe Empire and Mountain Air Cargo, maybe others, still operate the F27 for FedEx. There was one based here at ICT for ages, but it has been replaced with an ATR-42.
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Well next time you see that plane fly by, Snap a Salute! its one of your Navy's.

Photos: Fokker F-27-500RF Friendship Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

Photos: Fokker F-27-500RF Friendship Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

Here's a link to what they are up to..............

Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Heh, this is also an F-27...:P

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Thanks for the info. A few days ago the plane did another few loops around the southern suburbs of Adelaide, and this time I used my DSLR to get a much better photo.



VH-EWP. The last Fokker F27 in Australia, soon to be replaced by a Dash-8. I found it fascinating that this aircraft is fitted with a 1MW green laser to map the ocean floor to a depth of 50 metres. Its been flying over my house every few days on the same path, west out towards the ocean and then 10 or so minutes later back east again. Looking for anything in particular? :-) The laser window is visible in the photo.

The F27 has a distinctive sound due to its engines and the altitude at which it operates.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1 megawatt? You have a link to any info on that? That's a pretty serious laser, the USAF airborne laser to shoot down missiles is in that kind of range. and weighs some 20,000 lbs and requires a 747.
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I'm a bit skeptical about the laser power too... but I got the information from VH-EWP Laser Airbourne Depth Sounder - 5-DME Adelaide

If the laser is anywhere near that power it would surely have to be pulsed and not continuous output.
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if you look on the very front you will notice the name Fugro, they are a huge airborne survey outfit, lots of Canucks fly for them.

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Heh, this is also an F-27...:P

Ira........hey I have one o those also.......lol......great plane, with a 3 turn Mega I get close to 80mph out of it........
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Fokker F27 used by "Transmar de Cortez" early 1960's Airline home base La Paz Mexico
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