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Anybody Ever Worked F-27's In Canada?  
User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 587 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3445 times:
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I'm grateful if anyone could post photos online. I have a retro itch I want to scratch that is very sentimental to me.
I remember my first transcontinental F-27 flight making a couple stops from Halifax to Calgary. It was a oilpatch shuttle operated by Mobil Oil Canada. We flew that one way to visit family since my dad was working in Halifax back then. It was in the winter too! Did Mobil ever contract it from another airline or did it own its own F-27? I know years later when my bro worked in Rainbow Lake, they used Dash 8's to shuttle workers to and from Calgary. I picked up my brother and then got a chance to hop on board to see what it was like. From then on, I really liked Dash 8s, but they were not as good as the F-27! So, if anyone ever worked the F-27 for Mobil, by any chance, I would love to have photos for old time's sake. Thanks in advance. It helped fuel my passion for aviation even further!

One day I do long to go fly the route from LCY to Amsterdam on a Fokker 50. Anyone know what is the seat pitch on those? I heard it through the grapevine, in a general way, that VLM operates it still and is quite generous in legroom.

I would love to fly a Fokker again one day!"


J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

I don't know if this will help you any further, but there is an old Norcanair F27 sitting in YLW (has been for a good 15 years now), I believe Kelowna Flight Craft uses it for parts ...


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... Norcanair was a regional airline in Saskatchewan (60's - 80's) and later became part of Canadian. They also flew the F28.

As far as the F50, I've been on KLM's several times between AMS and DUS and, while I don't know what the seat pitch is, they are very comfortable aircraft to fly on.



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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4877 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

Also, if this helps:

Quebecair operated the Fairchild F-27 for around 20 years.


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And Nordair operated the Fairchild FH-227 for around the same time:


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And Westex airlines:


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Great Northern Air:


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Conair:


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Quebec Cartier Mining:


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Quebec Provincial Government:


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Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway Company:


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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3272 times:



Quoting LongHauler (Reply 2):
And Westex airlines:

One of these birds is currently rotting in Powell River (YPW) - I believe Westex were the last F27 operator in Canada?? They shut down just before I arrived, around 2004-2005.

VG is an appropriate two letter code for VLM - Very Good!! Took a trip LCY - ANR, comfy leather seats, generous pitch, great professional staff - and I think the cabins have been revamped since I took them. Take one while you can, the F50's may be on their way out soon.



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User currently offlineRikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3272 times:

Time Air of Lethbridge, Alberta used the F-27 twice during its operation. I do believe the first time was 70's (maybe into early 80's) on Northern Alberta runs.... someone may want to correct me on that. The second time was via the purchase and merger with Norcan Air. The original F-27 was painted in Time Air's Yellow Ocre and Red paintscheme, the Norcan Air F-27 was in "Canadi>n partner" colours.

I will download the pictures later this weekend.



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User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 587 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3225 times:
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Thanks all you people for your help! I'm sure one of these must have been a lessor to Mobil. I doubt Mobil owned that F-27. So these could all be possibilities, but I have to say that flying across the country in the winter on a F-27 was more of an adventure than the routine Tristar or 762 during those days. I never liked the Tristar actually. But the F-27 was quite something! It was comfortable. I remember I was about 7 years old. Maybe it was December 1983 (anyways, one year difference, no biggie). But for a kid, that was a lot of leg room, and I'm muuuuch bigger than that now (size wise).

Again thanks for your help. What's the ongoing fare from LCY to AMS or anywhere I can get a F50 flight?



J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

I found this bit of info which may help you further ...

http://www.tc.gc.ca/aviation/activep...s/ccarcs/aspscripts/en/history.asp

Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 5):
What's the ongoing fare from LCY to AMS or anywhere I can get a F50 flight?

It all depends on when you are planning to travel and how flexible you are with your dates. However, I do believe that the LCY route is a bit more pricey then comparable routes, so you're looking at about a couple of hundred Euros's one way. KLM does operate the F50 on other routes such as to DUS which are quite a bit cheaper.



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User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3048 times:



Quoting AA767LOVER (Thread starter):
Did Mobil ever contract it from another airline or did it own its own F-27?

They owned it. Your F27 was CF-IOG msn 109, originally owned by Imperial Oil then sold to Mobil. Became N550GA and scrapped years ago  Sad


User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 587 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3038 times:
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Quoting Visityyj (Reply 7):

Thanks sooo much for the additional info!  Wink It is sad when they just scrap classics like that! I hate it when people do that. Not much appreciation for good things! The Fokker 27 is much more comfy than even their regional jets! The F28 and F-100 were horrible and uncomfy!

This one helps me on the nostalgic journey! Though I won-t ever be able to fly it anymore, but I can remember it vividly as a kid. Here's another challenge if you're up for it. They flew across a Northern ontario or quebec city en route to YWG and YYC. I can-t remember what was that stop. It was a refuel stop, not a pick up or drop off, if i can remember, but don't quote me on that one because I was only 7, but I still remember refueling somewhere very COOOOOOLD!!



J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3026 times:



Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 8):
They flew across a Northern ontario or quebec city en route to YWG and YYC. I can-t remember what was that stop. It was a refuel stop, not a pick up or drop off, if i can remember, but don't quote me on that one because I was only 7, but I still remember refueling somewhere very COOOOOOLD!!

Well, that description applies to just about everywhere in Ontario or Québec in winter  eek  . Breaking YHZ-YYC into 700-800 mile chunks, I'd guess it was either Val d'Or (YVO) or Timmins (YTS) both of which are pretty much on a Great Circle track.


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