Part of a bold plan to reinvigorate the Dutch m anufacturer’s fortunes, the Fokker 50 entered a m arketplace crowded by offerings from ATR, British Aerospace and de Havilland Canada. Stephen Skinner explains.
O ver the decades since its introduction, Fokker had m ade gradual im provem ents to its successful F-27 Friendship to ensure it m aintained com petitiveness.
However, by the early 1980s, the aircraft was beginning to show its age. Having rst own in October 1955, its noisy and uneconom ical Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops needed replacing, but there was no successor on the engine m aker’s drawing boar