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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: Chris Mullins ()
Date: September 30, 2005 07:33PM

I have another FH227 question.....
Some of the 227's have 13 windows on each side ....while others only have the standard 12 windows per side. The extra window is the one immediately ahead (toward the front) of the pax entry door (on both sides of the fuselage).

Why did only some of the FH227's have the odd window arrangement?

I was told that approximately 3 of the original F27's (which had the window ahead of the door arrangement) were sent back to Fairchild to have the fuselages "stretched", or converted, to the 227 length. These aircraft apparently had very low time on their airframes and it was decided it would be just as easy to stretch the existing airframe as build a complete new one.

Is this true?

Thanks again.

Chris Mullins

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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: Chip ()
Date: October 01, 2005 12:53AM

I have another question to tag along with Mr. Mullins':

When the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown MD began building the F-27s, and later the FH-227s, did they build them entirely from U.S.- made components and subassemblies (excepting the Rolls Royce Darts and Protol props), or were they built from subassemblies shipped from The Netherlands?

Ronnie Macklin? You've got the answer, I'm sure!

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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: Robert C. Wilmoth ()
Date: November 11, 2005 06:12AM

You need to contact a guy who works at CMH named Jim "Jet" Thompson. He is renowned in this field and can probably help you. He works for USAirways. He is a member of the World Airline Historical Society. Robert

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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: Chris Mullins ()
Date: December 19, 2005 10:39PM

Thanks Robert!
Would you have an Email address for Mr. Thompson?

Thanks again!

Chris Mullins

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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: AccessAir ()
Date: August 01, 2007 10:09PM

Hello guys, I am the person that owns the WhistlePig website... [fh227.rwy34.com]

Anyway, the ONLY two FH-227s that wore the updated colours of Peidmont were N703U and N706U.....

With the exception of N712U that crashed in 1968. Half of the FH-227Bs went to Burma/Myanmar the others went to Iran and one stayed stateside until it was exported to France.
N701U, N702U, N704 and N706U went to Iran and N705U, N708U, N709U and N710U went to Burma as a donation by the US Department of State.

N703U stayed here and flew for Check Air out of Milwaukee until it was sold to TAT in France.

As for the windows.....Piedmont's 10 FH-227s were the ONLY FH-227s built by Fairchild to have the 13 windows per side....The extra window appeared as someone stated right ahead of the aft passenger and cargo doors.

As for Air Service Iran, I believe they adopted the "PI" colours when they bought N706U as it already wore those colours so 701, 702 and 704 were painted thusly....

N701U actually ended up wity another FH-227 operator in Iran called Asseman Airways. It is actually sitting at the Tehran Airport and is registered EP-SNA....I was sent a video of this aircraft by a friend over in Tehran that made a short walk around video and weven shot the interior which has been shamlessly stripped fo everything.....

Anyway, if any of you have any questions please ask....:)

Cheers, Access-Air

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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: richard j hurley ()
Date: July 25, 2008 05:46PM

There were two FH227s in the new color scheme - N703U and N706U. One went to Check-Air, Milwaukee, the other to Iran, later to TAT, France.

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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: richard j hurley ()
Date: July 25, 2008 05:49PM

There were two FH227Bs in the 'new' color scheme. One was N703U, the other N706U. One went to Check Air, Milwaukee, for freight service, the other to Iran and on to Touraine Air Transport (TAT) France.

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Re: 1973 FH227 Paint Scheme
Posted by: richard j hurley ()
Date: July 25, 2008 06:00PM

There were two FH227Bs in the 'new' colors. One was N703U - the other N706U. '703' went to Check Air, Milwaukee, for freight service in the basic PI colors - the other to Iran, then Touraine Air Transport (TAT), France.

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