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We’re helping to restore a Fokker F27

At Snap-on Industrial we’re proud to be supporting an ambitious project in the Netherlands to restore a vintage Fokker F27 and get it back in the air.

Our knowledge and experience enabled us to propose and supply toolkits tailored to meet the needs of St.VNCE, the Foundation for Flying Dutch Cultural Heritage. Their volunteer engineers are giving a new lease of life to ‘Excalibur,’ an F27 previously used by the US Army’s parachute display team, the Golden Knights.

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The Fokker F27 exemplifies the best in Dutch aviation design and the Foundation had been looking for an airworthy aircraft for many years. The US Army was pleased to see ‘Excalibur’ return to the Netherlands while its sister aircraft, ‘Ambassador,’ is now displayed at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Maintaining an aircraft as large as an F27 requires high quality tooling so the Foundation asked Niels van Meurs, Snap-on Industrial’s Dutch representative, for advice and support, which he was pleased to provide.

The project’s key objective is to get ‘Excalibur’ back in the air as early as next year, giving demonstrations at air displays across Europe.

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“The Fokker F27 is a legendary aircraft and we’re delighted to help a dedicated team of engineers and technicians achieve their goal,” says Richard Packham, Snap-on Industrial’s Director, UK & Europe. “Snap-on has a long history in aerospace so supporting this great restoration project is a good fit for us.”

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