The Fokker F28 Fellowship was a Dutch built short haul aircraft which first flew on 9 May 1967. It entered service with Norway’s Braathens on 28 May 1969.

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, the F28 seated 65 to 85 passengers. With a range of 1,668 to 2,872 kilometres, it proved popular around the world. It is the predecessor of the updated Fokker 100.

Fokker F28 Fellowship Video

Following on from the video last week on China’s Shanghai Y-10, this week we look at the Fokker F28. This video runs for about four and a half minutes and shows some of the soft field testing conducted in Australia.

Bacchus Marsh Airfield near Melbourne had a runway featuring sand and small stones. When the F28 was visiting Australia on a sales tour, time was taken to test the performance on the unsealed runway.

The music is quite curious in the little film, and it’s interesting to see the jet landing and taking off repeatedly. From all accounts, the tests were successful.

There’s a special place in my heart for the Fokker F28. Many years ago, an East-West Airlines jet took me on my first flight, starting a love affair which lasts through to today.

Overall Thoughts

Fokker built 241 Fellowships between 1967 and 1987 and there are none flying today. Large operators were Ansett Airlines in Australia, Biman Bangladesh, NLM CityHopper, Garuda Indonesia and many others.

Its mission of bringing jet service to smaller regional communities was quite successful. Notable is the clam shell speed brakes that open behind the tail to slow the aircraft down. You couldn’t miss them if you ever saw one landing!

Have you ever flown on board the Fokker F28? What did you think of the video? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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