Flying onboard the world's oldest Fokker F28 Fellowship

In 2022, Bernd Sturm spent a day of the scorching Argentinian summer on the world’s oldest airworthy Fokker F28 Fellowship

Sometimes the timing couldn´t be any better. When planning this trip, I wasn’t aware that my arrival in Argentina would coincide with the FIFA World Cup Final, nor that I would end up watching the match with Argentinian footie fanatics and witness their team win. Moreover, it was one of the most dramatic World Cup finals ever, seeing the Argentinians win on penalties. It was hard to describe the atmosphere on the streets of Buenos Aires after the match, as literally millions of people celebrated their team winning the Cup for the first time in 36 years in the craziest possible way.

The world´s oldest jet in scheduled service: 52-year-old TC-53.
The world´s oldest jet in scheduled service: 52-year-old TC-53. Bernd Sturm

Speaking of age, the aircraft I was aiming to fly on the morning after the match was old enough to have witnessed all three of Argentina’s World Cup triumphs. It was already 16 years old during the country’s last World Cup win in 1986 and eight years old during their first success in 1978.


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