Air Lines Fairchild F-27 N4300F
Ozark, like many
Local Service airlines elected to replace (well, augment, really) its
fleet of DC-3s
with the prop-jet Fairchild
F-27. The first, seen in the images above and below, show the
its original paint scheme and (below) that adopted in the 1960s.
Initially Ozark only ordered
acquired four more from various sources over the next
four years. Since they operated
some 22 or so DC-3s at the
time, the impact of the F-27 could scarcely be called a
They were used on their "prime" routes
from Chicago to St. Louis and Joplin and St.
Louis to Minn-
eapolis. The introduction of the F-27s also saw the use of the
"three Swallows" logo
for the first time.
As seen on the previous page, the DC-3s were also
in this first F-27 theme. The "Three
Swallows" logo, in varying forms,
was to last until the demise of the airline.