F28 FELLOWSHIP FOKKER’S FIRST JETLINER

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

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