The F28 Fellowship was envisaged as a jet successor to Fokker’s highly successful turboprop F27 Friendship. Charles Woodley traces the type’s history.

TAT F28-4000 F-GDFC in the livery of Air France, for whom TAT also operated franchise services.

Fokker first announced details of its new F28 jet transport on April 28, 1962 at the Hannover Air Show. It was originally proposed as a 50-seater, featuring a ‘T-tail’ and powered by two Bristol Siddeley BS.75 turbofan engines mounted at the rear of the fuselage in a similar arrangement to the contemporary BAC One-Eleven and Douglas DC-9, although it would be considerably smaller.

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