COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Netherlands
POWERPLANTS: Mk 3000 & 4000 - Two 44kN (9900lb) Rolls-Royce RB183-2 Spey Mk 555-15P turbofans.
PERFORMANCE: Mk 3000 - Max cruising speed 843km/h (455kt), economical cruising speed 678km/h (366kt). Max cruising altitude 35,000ft. Range at high speed cruise with 65 passengers 2743km (1480nm), at long range cruise with 65 pax 3170km (1710nm). Mk 4000 - Speeds same. Range at high speed cruise with 85 pax 1900km (1025nm), at long range cruising speed with 85 pax 2085km (1125nm).
WEIGHTS: Mk 3000 - Operating empty 16,965kg (37,400lb), max takeoff weight 33,110kg (73,000lb). Mk 4000 - Operating empty 17,645kg (38,900lb), max takeoff 33,110kg (73,000lb).
DIMENSIONS: Mk 3000 - Wing span 25.07m (82ft 3in), length 27.40m (89ft 11 in), height 8.47m (27ft 10in). Wing area 79.00m2 (850sq ft). Mk 4000 - Same except for length 29.61 m (97ft 2in).
ACCOMMODATION: Flightcrew of two. Max passenger seating for 85 at five abreast in Mk 4000, or 65 in Mk 3000. Both marks offered with a 15-20 seat VIP interior.
OPERATORS: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Tanzania, Togo.
HISTORY: The commercially successful F28 Fellowship was Fokker's first jet engined design. Small numbers have been acquired for military service, mainly as VIP and government transports. Fokker began development of the F28 in 1960 after perceiving a market requirement for a jet engined and greater capacity airliner to complement its turboprop powered F27. The first of three prototypes flew for the first time on May 9 1967 and customer deliveries were made from February 24 1969.
The F28 was developed into a range of models, starting with the initial production model, the Mk 1000. The 1000 would typically seat between 55 and 65, and was powered by 44kN (9850lb) Spey Mk 555-15 turbofans. The Mk 2000 introduced a 2.21m (7ft 3in) fuselage stretch, increasing maximum seating to 79.
The longer span 5000 and 6000 were based on the 1000 and 2000 respectively, but attracted little sales interest and no 5000s and just two 6000s were built. Another version that did not come to fruition was the Mk 6600, which would have been stretched by a further 2.21m (7ft 3in), allowing for seating for 100 in a high density layout. However the F28 does form the basis for the 100 seat Tay powered Fokker 100, two of which serve in the Ivory Coast as government transports.
The final production models were the 3000 and 4000, again based on the 1000 and 2000 respectively. Both introduced a number of improvements, while the addition of two extra above wing emergency exits on the 4000 increased max seating to 85. Freight door equipped convertible versions of each model are identified by a C suffix. Given its size and performance the F28 has been a popular choice as a VIP, Presidential and government transport, and several remain in military and quasi military service in these roles.