On Friday December 03rd, 2010, the last 2 Fokker-60 aircraft of the Dutch Air Force (“Konklijke Luchtmacht”) were transferred to the Peruvian Navy.
The 4 Fokker-60 aircraft started their operational lives as Fokker-60 Utility aircraft in the role as combined personnel and cargo transport aircraft. This aircraft type was able to transport an F-16 engine, due the to a strengthened cargofloor and a extended cargodoor.
In 2005, 2 Fokker-60 were refurbished as intermediate maritime patrol aircraft (Fokker-60 MPA) in the Caribbean area, after the phase-out of the Dutch P-3 Orions. The registrations of these 2 aircraft were U-01 and U-03, and in June 2010 the aircraft were sold and delivered to the Peruvian Navy.
The remaining 2 Fokker-60 (U-02 and U-04) were sold and delivered to the Peruvian Navy in December 2010. Flown by ferry-crews of the Southern Cross company, the last 2 Fokker-60s left the Dutch soil at the end of the day, some 30 minutes before sunset. The aircraft with registration AE565 (former U-02, callsign SXI1044) and AE566 (former U-04, callsign SXI1045) took off for a long trip from Woensdrecht to Keflavik, Goose Bay, Halifax, Bermuda, Curacao, Iquitos into destination Lima, Peru.
Besides the photos in the colors of the Peruvian Navy, there are some historical photos in the 2 tone grey livery of the Dutch Air Force, photos taken in 2006 and 2007 at Eindhoven AB in the Netherlands.
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