Empire Airlines Fokker F.28-4000
Fellowship N106UR (c/n 11149)
By the early 1980s Empire had
expanded to several destinations in upstate New York, the
Northeast and and Mid-Atlantic states. It also contracted
to provide feeder service to Pan
Am at JFK
International. In 1985 it announced planes to become an "all-jet"
purchased a fleet of a dozen Fokker F.28s from Holland, and disposed of
Garrard caught N106UR at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport in
Note deployed spoilers and air brakes in this nice shot.
At the time the Fokkers
acquired the airline moved its headquarters to Hancock International
Airport in Syracuse.
With the advent of de-regulation and the competition which
ensued, Empire was sold in
1985 to North Carolina based Piedmont. That airline itself, of
course, later became a wholly
subsidiary of US Airways Group.