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Fokker F28

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Fokker F28
F28 from the Argentina Air Force
Type airliner
Manufacturer Fokker
Maiden flight May 9, 1967
Introduced March 28 1969 with Braathens
Status Active service
Primary users Merpati Nusantara Airlines (23)
AirQuarius Aviation (10)
Libyan Arab Airlines (5)
Gatari Air Service (5)
Icaro Air (5)
Produced 1967-1987
Number built 241
Variants Fokker 70
Fokker 100

The Fokker F28 Fellowship is a short range jet airliner designed and built by Dutch aircraft manufacturer, Fokker.

Design and development

Announced by Fokker in April 1962, production was a collaboration between a number of European companies, namely Fokker, MBB of Germany, Fokker-VFW (also of Germany), and Short Brothers of United Kingdom. There was also government money invested in the project, with the Dutch government providing 50% of Fokker's stake and the German government having 60% of the 35% German stake. In terms of responsibility for production, Fokker designed and built the nose section, centre fuselage and inner wing; MBB/Fokker-VFW constructed the forward fuselage, rear fuselage and tail assembly; and Shorts designed and built the outer wings.

Final assembly of the Fokker F28 was at Schiphol Airport in Netherlands.

Operational history

File:Fokker F28-2000.jpg
F28-2000 prototype.

The F28-1000 prototype, registered PH-JHG, first flew on May 9 1967 (exactly one month later than the famous Boeing 737). German certification was achieved on February 24, 1969. The first order was from German airline LTU, but the first revenue-earning flight was by Braathens on March 28 1969 who operated five F28s.[1]

The layout, with t-tail and two Rolls-Royce Spey 550 engines mounted on the rear fuselage made it similar to its contemporaries, the BAC 1-11 and DC-9. The extended fuselage model was named F28-2000, which could seat up to 79 passengers instead of the 65 seats on the F28-1000. The prototype for this model was a converted F28-1000 prototype, and first flew on April 28, 1971. The models F28-6000 and F28-5000 were modified F28-2000 and F28-1000 respectively, with the inclusion of slats, with a larger wingspan, more powerful and silent engines as the main features. The F28-6000 and F28-5000 were not a commercial success; only two F28-6000 and no F28-5000 were built. After being used by Fokker for a time the F28-6000 were sold to Air Mauretanie, but not before they were converted to F28-2000s.

The most successful F28 was the F28-4000, which debuted on October 20, 1976 with the world's largest Fokker operator,Linjeflyg. This version was powered by more quiet Spey 555-15H engines, and had an increased seating capacity ( up to 85 passengers), a larger wingspan with reinforced wings, a new cockpit and a new interior. The F28-3000, the runner-up for the F28-1000, featured the same improvements as the F28-4000.

By the time production ended in 1987, 241 airframes were built.


  • F.28 Mk 1000 -
  • F.28 Mk 1000C - All-cargo, passenger/cargo version.
  • F.28 Mk 2000 -
  • F.28 Mk 3000 -
  • F.28 Mk 4000 -
  • F.28 Mk 5000 -
  • F.28 Mk 6000 -
  • F.28 Mk 6600 - Proposed version. Not built.

Accidents and incidents

As with most aircraft types, the Fokker F28 has an average number of accidents or incidents:

More complete list of incidents at


In August 2006 a total of 92 Fokker F28 aircraft (all variants) remain in airline service. Major operators include: Garuda Indonesia (62 in total), AirQuarius Aviation (10), Libyan Arab Airlines (5), Gatari Air Service (5), Icaro Air (5) and Merpati Nusantara Airlines (23). Some 22 airlines operate smaller numbers of the type. [2]

Military Operators

COAN (ARA) F-28 at Comandante Espora airbase


-1000 -2000 -3000 -4000
Length: 89 ft 11 in (27.40 m) 97 ft 2 in (29.61 m) 89 ft 11 in (27.40 m) 97 ft 2 in (29.61 m)
Seating capacity: 65 79 65 85
Wingspan: 77 ft 4 in (23.58 m) 82 ft 3 in (25.07 m)
Wing area: 822.4 ft² (76.40 m²) 850.0 ft²; (78.97 m²)
Max takeoff weight: 65,000 lb (29,500 kg) 73,000 lb (33,100 kg)
Max cruising speed: 528 mph (849 km/h) 523 mph (843 km/h)
Range: 2,000 km 1,350 km 1,704 mi (2,743 km) 1,180 mi (1,900 km)
Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (10,700 m)
Engines: 2× Rolls-Royce RB183 "Spey" Mk555 turbofan engines


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named F28
  2. Flight International, 3-9 October 2006

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

Designation sequence

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