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F28 Fellowship
A Piedmont F28-1000 on approach
Role Regional jet
National origin Netherlands
Manufacturer Fokker
First flight May 9, 1967
Introduction March 28, 1969 with Braathens SAFE
Status In military service
Primary user Garuda Indonesia (historical)
AirQuarius Aviation
Libyan Arab Airlines
Gatari Air Service
Produced 1967–1987
Number built 241
Developed into Fairchild 228
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[edit | edit source]

Announced by Fokker in April 1962, production was a collaboration between a number of European companies, namely Fokker, MBB of West Germany, Fokker-VFW (also of Germany) and Short Brothers of Northern Ireland. There was also government money invested in the project with the Dutch government providing 50% of Fokker's stake and the West German government having 60% of the 35% German stake.

Projected at first to transport 50 passengers to 1,650 km (1,025 mi), the plane was later designed to have 60–65 seats. On the design sheet, the F28 was originally to mount Bristol Siddeley BS.75 turbofans, but the prototype flew with the lighter Rolls-Royce "Spey Junior", a simplified version of the Rolls-Royce Spey.

The F28 was similar in design to the British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven and Douglas DC-9, as it had a T-tail and engines mounted at the rear of the fuselage. The aircraft had wings with a slight crescent angle of sweep with ailerons at the tip, simple flaps, and five-section liftdumper only operated after landing to dump the lift. These were employed rather than reverse thrust as the designers felt that doing so not only reduced weight, but maintenance also. Having no reversers also meant that on unpaved airstrips there was less chance of the engines ingesting debris. The leading edge was fixed (although one experimental model had leading edge slats and these were offered as an option) and was anti-iced by bleed air from the engines. The tail cone could split and be hydraulically opened to the sides to act as a variable air brake – also used on the contemporaneous Blackburn Buccaneer. This design was also copied and used on the HS-146, which became the BAe-146. The design is unique in that it not only slows the aircraft down rapidly, it can aid in rapid descents from economic cruising altitudes and also allowed the engines to be set at higher RPM which helped eliminate 'lag time'. This means the engines respond faster if needed for sudden speed increases or go-arounds on the approach to landing. The Fellowship had a retractable tricycle landing gear which used large low pressure tyres enabling the use of unpaved airstrips. Large wheel brakes also helped in shortening the landing run.

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 the Netherlands.[1]

Operational history[edit | edit source]

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]

Third prototype leased to Air Anglia

The F28 with an extended fuselage was named F28-2000 and 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 slats, greater wingspan, and more powerful and quieter 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 Mauritanie, but not before they were converted to F28-2000s.[1]

The most successful F28 was the F28-4000, which debuted on October 20, 1976 with one of the world's largest Fokker operators, Linjeflyg. This version was powered by quieter 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 "wide-look" interior featuring enclosed overhead lockers and a less 'tubular' look. The F28-3000, the successor to the F28-1000, featured the same improvements as the F28-4000.

F28s of Ansett Transport Industries' Western Australian intrastate airline, MacRobertson Miller Airlines of Western Australia, flew the longest non-stop F28 route in the world, from Perth to Kununurra, in Western Australia – a distance of about 2,240 km (1,392 mi). This was also the worlds longest twin-jet route at the time. MMA'a F28's also had the highest utilisation rates at the time, flying over 8 hours per day.

By the time production ended in 1987, 241 airframes had been built.[1]

Variants[edit | edit source]

Ansett W.A. F28-1000 in the early 1980s

Data from[1]

F.28 Mk 1000
First variant derived from the third prototype, with a maximum capacity of 65 passengers in a high-density configuration. The Mk 1000 had a length of 27.40 m. It was powered by two Rolls-Royce RB.183-2 Mk.555-15 each with 43.8 kN (9,850 lbf) of thrust. Maximum weight at take-off was 28,123 kg (62,001 lb).
F.28 Mk 1000C
All-cargo, passenger/cargo version derived from Mk 1000 with a port-side cargo door.
F.28 Mk 2000
It first flew on April 28, 1971, being certified on August 30, 1972. This variant had a fuselage 2.21 m longer than the Mk 1000, with a passenger capacity of 79 in high-density single-class configuration. It began revenue service with Nigeria Airways in October 1972. Ten were built.

F.28 Mk 3000 variant in VIP configuration from the Colombian Air Force

F.28 Mk 3000
With the shorter fuselage of Mk 1000, it was one of the more successful variants, with greater structural strength and increased fuel capacity. It began revenue service with Garuda Indonesia.
F.28 Mk 4000
The first prototype appeared on October 20, 1976 and had the longer fuselage of the Mk 2000 with a passenger capacity of 85. Wingspan was increased by 1.57 m and more powerful Rolls-Royce RB183 Mk555-15P of 44 kN (9,901 lbf) thrust. It began service with Linjeflyg (Sweden) at the end of 1976.
F.28 Mk 5000
Derived from the Mk 6000, was to combine the shorter fuselage of the Mk 3000 and an increased wingspan. Slats were to be added to the wings and more powerful Rolls-Royce RB183 Mk555-15H engines were to be used. Although expected to be an excellent plane to operate in short runways due to its superior power, it was finally not built and the project was abandoned.
F.28 Mk 6000
It first flew on September 27, 1973 and had the longer fuselage of the Mk 2000/4000 with an increased wingspan and the Slats. It was certified in October 1975.
F.28 Mk 6600
Proposed version. Not built.
Fairchild 228
Proposed 50 seat American version assembled by Fairchild-Hiller with Rolls-Royce RB.203 Trent engines.[2]

Accidents and Incidents[edit | edit source]

Wreckage of Braathens SAFE Flight 239

The United States NTSB defines an incident as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft that affects or that could affect the safety of operations, and an accident as an occurrence where there is serious personal bodily injury or death, and damage to the aircraft and/or property.

The following is a list of Fokker F28 accidents and incidents:

Operators[edit | edit source]

In August 2006 a total of 92 Fokker F28 aircraft remained in airline service. Major operators included: Garuda Indonesia (62 in total, the largest F-28 fleet in the world), MacRobertson Miller Airlines, Ansett Group Australia (more than 15), Toumaï Air Tchad (1), AirQuarius Aviation (3), SkyLink Arabia (1), Satena (1), Gatari Air Service (5), Montenegro Airlines (5), LADE (1), Pelita Air (5), AirQuarius Aviation (4) and Merpati Nusantara Airlines (1). Biman Bangladesh Airlines (2). Some 22 airlines operated smaller numbers of the type.[3] As of December 2012 F-28s are operated by only one commercial airlines. It is:

Military operators[edit | edit source]

COAN (ARA) F-28 at Comandante Espora airbase

  • Philippine Air Force (1 – Used for domestic presidential Flights, The aircraft was named "Kalayaan")
 Togo (2)

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Air France F28-1000

Data from[1]

-1000 -2000 -3000 -4000 -6000
Length: 89 ft 11 in (27.41 m) 97 ft 2 in (29.62 m) 89 ft 11 in (27.41 m) 97 ft 2 in (29.62 m)
Seating capacity: 65 79 65 85 79
Wingspan: 77 ft 4 in (23.57 m) 82 ft 3 in (25.07 m)
Wing area: 822.4 sq ft (76.40 m2) 850.0 sq ft (78.97 m2)
Max takeoff weight: 65,000 lb (29,000 kg) 73,000 lb (33,000 kg)
Max cruising speed: 528 mph (849 km/h) 523 mph (843 km/h)
Range: 2,000 km 1,350 km (840 mi) (2,743 km) 1,180 mi (1,900 km) 1025 nm
Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (11,000 m)
Engines: Rolls-Royce RB183-2 Mk555-15 Rolls-Royce RB183-2 Mk555-15P turbofan engines

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Reactores Comerciales (1999a) (en: Commercial Jetliners) ISBN 84-95088-87-8" (in Spanish). Antonio López Ortega. Agualarga Editores S.l.. http://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/libro?codigo=237370. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  2. "What happened to the Fairchild 228?". Spring 1998. 
  3. Flight International, 3–9 October 2006

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