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Fokker F28 Fellowship

Twin-Engined Regional Jet Airliner

Netherlands | 1969

"The Fokker F28 series, despite its 1960s introduction date, still sees examples flying today with a few select governmental operators."

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The F28 "Fellowship" is an aviation product of the Cold War period, originating from the Netherlands under the storied Fokker brand label. The type was developed as a twin-engined, subsonic regional passenger jet and was produced from 1967 until 1987 to the tune of 241 examples. The design was eventually developed into the Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 models. Series introduction was had through Braathens SAFE in March of 1969.

The design was given an aerodynamically-refined tubular fuselage with the cockpit set aft of the short, rounded nosecone. The engines were seated on wingstubs near the rear of the airplane with the tail unit comprised of a single vertical fin and high-mounted horizontal tailplanes. The mainplanes were seated at midships and given some light sweepback along the leading edge and even less sweepback along the trailing edge. For ground-running, there was a retractable wheeled tricycle arrangement.

The F28 was something of a technological / commercial gamble for Fokker who had found success with its previous F27 "Friendship" high-winged, twin-turboprop passenger hauler of 1958 (586 being made). A calculated approach resulted in a sound design and customers soon found the aircraft to be worthy of the purchase, capable of carrying a dozens of passengers at-speed in comfort. The line was progressively updated to extract the most out of the design while also meeting customer demand for newer, quieter, and better performing regional jets.

Variants of the line began with the original F.28 Mk 1000 seating seventy. This was followed by the F.28 Mk 2000 which featured a 57-inch stretch to the fuselage allowing for seating for seventy-nine persons. The F.28 Mk 3000 had extended mainplanes and the F.28 Mk 4000 utilized the stretched form of the Mk 2000 and could seat 85. The ultimately-aborted F.28 Mk 5000 had the shorter fuselage of the Mark 3000 but the extended wingspan with leading edge slats. It was powered by the Rolls-Royce RB183 Mk.555-15H series engine. The F.28 Mk 6000 was a proposed model which was not furthered and the Fairchild 228 was another proposed 50-passenger hauler for the American market - this to be manufactured under the Fairchild-Hiller brand label and powered by the RR RB.203 "Trent" engine.

While the F28 went on to be used throughout the world, only Argentina and Colombia utilize the design today (2023). Original operators ranged from Algeria and Bangladesh to Togo and Tanzania. None remain in civilian operation, the Argentine and Colombian models being operated at the government level.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Fokker F28-1000 Twin-Engined Regional Jet Airliner.
2 x Rolls-Royce Spey Mk 555-15 non-afterburning engines developing 9,850lb of thrust each.
544 mph
875 kph | 472 kts
Max Speed
528 mph
850 kph | 459 kts
Cruise Speed
35,105 ft
10,700 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
1,056 miles
1,700 km | 918 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Fokker F28-1000 Twin-Engined Regional Jet Airliner.
90.2 ft
27.50 m
O/A Length
77.1 ft
(23.50 m)
O/A Width
27.7 ft
(8.45 m)
O/A Height
35,594 lb
(16,145 kg)
Empty Weight
65,036 lb
(29,500 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Fokker F28 Fellowship Twin-Engined Regional Jet Airliner .
None. Special-mission equipment may be carried in certain governmental and military marks.
Notable series variants as part of the Fokker F28 Fellowship family line.
F28 "Fellowship" - Base Series Designation.
F28.Mk 1000 (F28-1000) - Initial production model of 1969; 70-person seating.
F28.Mk 1000C - Added cargo door.
F28.Mk 2000 (F28-2000) - Model of 1972; based in the Mk 1000 though with lengthened fuselage; 79-person seating; 10 airframes completed.
F28.Mk 3000 (F28-3000) - Model of 1978; lengthened wingspan; reinforced airframe; cargo door for freight duties; increased fuel stores for enhanced operating eanges.
F28.Mk 3000C - Added cargo door.
F28.Mk 4000 (F28-4000) - Model of 1976 based on the Mk 2000 form; lengthened wingspan; 85-person seating; extra exits.
F28.Mk 5000 (F28-5000) - Proposed short-runway variant; based in the Mk 3000 production mark with shortened fuselage and lengthened wingspan; RR RB.183 Mk.555-15H engines.
F.28 Mk 6000 (F28-6000) - Proposed lengthened fuselage form of 1973; increased wingspan; two examples constructed.
F.28 Mk 6600 (F28-6600) - Proposed variant.
Fairchild 228 - Proposed airliner to be built by American-based Fairchild-Hiller in the United States; 2 x RR RB.203 engines; 50-person seating.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Fokker F28 Fellowship. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 241 Units

Contractor(s): Fokker - Netherlands
National flag of Algeria National flag of Argentina National flag of Australia National flag of Bangladesh National flag of Bolivia National flag of Canada National flag of Colombia National flag of Denmark National flag of Ecuador National flag of Finland National flag of Gabon National flag of modern Germany National flag of Indonesia National flag of Italy National flag of Jordan National flag of Malaysia National flag of Mexico National flag of Montenegro National flag of Myanmar National flag of the Netherlands National flag of Nigeria National flag of Norway National flag of Peru National flag of the Philippines National flag of South Africa National flag of South Korea National flag of Spain National flag of Sweden National flag of Tanzania National flag of Turkey National flag of the United Kingdom National flag of the United States

[ Algeria; Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Bolivia; Canada; Colombia; Denmark; Ecuador; Finland; Gabon; Germany; Ghana; Guatemala; Indonesia; Italy; Ivory Coast; Jordan; Malaysia; Mexico; Montenegro; Myanmar; Netherlands; Nigeria; Norway; Nauru; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Eswatini; Sweden; Tanzania; Togo; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (544mph).

Graph Average of 563 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
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