VH-TFH Fokker F.27 Friendship 700
Built as a 100 series for Norway’s
Braathens-SAFE, this Friendship first flew on May 9, 1961
It was delivered soon after to Norway as
LN-SUG. Fokker bought it back in
May 1969 and it resumed
its former Dutch registration. It was also rebuilt as one
of just two
Series 700 Friendships
with increased fuel capacity, a large cargo door and upgraded engines.
Its first Australian story started straight after its first flight as a
700 in December 1969 when
TAA leased it to
cover a capacity shortfall as the airline withdraw its Viscount fleet .
December 30, 1969 and arrived in Melbourne on January 11, 1970.
fortnight it was in
revenue service. The F27 was withdrawn from TAA service
in May 1971
and returned to
Fokker the following month. –TFH was placed in
storage at Woensdrecht,
in 1972 Fokker sold the Friendship to LTU in West Germany as D-BEKU.
Just ove two years
later, in May 1974, it made the first stage of a trans-Atlantic crossing
when it was sold to
Icelandair as TF-FIP. Five years later it become TF-FLP,
same time as
Flugleidir was formed as the official name of the merged Icelandair and
Icelandair remained its operating name. In February
1980 the former –TFH
Atlantic crossing when it was sold to Pilgrim Airlines as
Airlines became Business Express in February
1986 . A few months later N146PM was
withdrawn from use at
Hartford-Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.
1987 it was sold to an
aircraft dealer who found a buyer in December that year.
Thus began the aircraft’s second Australian story.
The buyer was Charter Cruise Air,
trading as CCA Aircruising Australia and the aircraft became VH-JCC in
Its main role was
taking tourists on long ‘’air cruises'' throughout Australia, often
TV personality Bill Peach. It also spent time in New
Zealand, on lease to that country’s
National Party, and in
Papua New Guinea on lease to Air Niugini. In November
it was sold to
Australian Flyers . With 46,000 hours and 52,000
cycles, –JCC was with-
drawn from use at
Tamworth in 2000 and used for spare
parts . The registration was
cancelled in October
am indebted to Davidf Carter for the above potted history of this