The Fokker 50 is a short to medium range turboprop airliner designed and built in the Netherlands. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B engines, it first flew on 28 December 1985 and entered service with DLT (Lufthansa Cityline) and Ansett in 1987.

A total of 213 were produced from 1985 to 1997, operating generally regional services for many airlines around the world. Several aircraft remain in service today.

Fokker 50 Video

Following on from the previous video about the Lockheed L-188 Electra, this week we head to Europe for a look at the Fokker 50. Below is a promotional film from Fokker which lasts around 10 minutes.

You may be familiar with the look of the aircraft, as it is an updated version of the very popular Fokker F27 Friendship. Checking out the video shows many of the features of the new version.

With a modern cockpit and design features such as integrated stairs, the Fokker 50 was designed to be self sufficient at airports. The video is very 1980s and the people’s fashions and businessman’s laptop immediately show its age.

All the features of the cabin and flight deck are reviewed. I’m not sure those generous overhead bins would cut it in today’s world, as people tend to travel with a lot more than just a briefcase!

Overall Thoughts

Fokker was one of the oldest aircraft companies in the world, having been founded all the way back in 1912. Unfortunately the business went bankrupt in 1996, ending a famous name in aviation.

Have you flown on a Fokker 50 before and what was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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