Fokker F-28 Fellowship
First details of the new Fokker F28 Fellowship were released in April 1962, and, with financial backing from the Netherlands government and risk-sharing support from MBB in West Germany and Shorts in the UK, a decision was made in 1964 to begin development and production of this new airliner.
A cantilever low/mid-wing monoplane configuration with a circular-section fuselage, a T-tail unit with swept surfaces and retractable tricycle landing gear, the F28 was designed for two Rolls-Royce RB183 turbofan engines.
Highly manoeuvrable in flight, it is designed for STOL with a wing sweepback of only 16 degrees for good handling at low speed, leading-edge slats and double-slotted flaps. There are no thrust-reversers; instead, the F 28 has powerful air brakes which, uni-quely, form the tail end of the fuselage, and highly effective wheel brakes.
The first of three prototypes made its maiden flight on 9 May 1967, and certification and delivery of the first production aircraft was achieved on 24 February 1969. This initial F28 Mk 1000 short-fuselage version could seat 55 to 65 passengers and was powered by two 4468kg thrust RB183-2 Mk 555-15 turbofans. It was available optionally as the F28 Mk 1000C for all-cargo or mixed passenger/cargo operations with a large cargo door incorporated in the port side of the forward fuselage, aft of the standard passenger door.
Production was shared by Fokker-VFW of the Netherlands in association with MBB and VFW Fokker in Germany and Short Brothers in Great Britain. Shorts of Belfast designed the rear fuselage, MBB of West Germany the pods for the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, and Fokker’s German partner VFW, the tail and other fuselage sections.
This aircraft can take off from 6,000-foot long runways, or at altitudes as high as 15,000 feet. The generally similar F28 Mk 2000 differed only in having the fuselage lengthened by 2.21m to accommodate a maximum of 79 passengers. Later production versions were the F28 Mk 3000 and F28 Mk 4000 with the fuselage lengths of the Mks 1000 and 2000 respectively.
The Mk 3000 is similar to the Mk 4000 with a short fuselage and seating for 65. The Mk 4000 is a long-fuselage version with high-density seating for up to 85. The F28 Mk 3000 was offered with a 15-seat executive interior, and the F28 Mk 4000 has maximum seating capacity for 85 passengers. Sales reached 241 before the Fellowship gave way to the Fokker 100 on the production line in 1987.
The Mk 6000 is a long version with slatted wings and seating for up to 79 passengers.
In mid-1991 Fokker stated that over 200 F28s were still in service and at least half of these were expected to be hush-kitted to Category 3 standard beginning in 1994, enabling them to continue in service for another 15 years.
Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce "Spey 555-15", 43.8kN
Max take-off weight: 24720 kg / 54499 lb
Empty weight: 14100 kg / 31085 lb
Wingspan: 23.6 m / 77 ft 5 in
Length: 27.4 m / 89 ft 11 in
Height: 8.5 m / 27 ft 11 in
Wing area: 76.5 sq.m / 823.44 sq ft
Max. speed: M0.76
Cruise speed: 849 km/h / 528 mph
Range w/max.fuel: 1990 km / 1237 miles
Range w/max.payload: 1043 km / 648 miles
Fokker F 28 Fellowship Mk. 4000
Engine : 2 x Rolls Royce RB 183-2 Spey Mk 555-15H, 43851 N / 4470 kp
Length : 97.146 ft / 29.61 m
Height: 27.789 ft / 8.47 m
Wingspan : 82.251 ft / 25.07 m
Wing area : 850.356 sq.ft / 79.0 sq.m
Max take off weight : 71001.0 lb / 32200.0 kg
Weight empty : 37743.0 lb / 17117.0 kg
Fuel capacity: 2,558–3,430 gals
Cruising speed : 423 kts / 783 km/h
Cruising altitude : 31988 ft / 9750 m
Service ceiling: 35,000 ft
Wing loading : 83.64 lb/sq.ft / 408.0 kg/sq.m
Range : 2230 nm / 4130 km
Range (max. weight) : 1010 nm / 1870 km
Takeoff distance: 5,217 ft.
Landing distance: 3,166 ft.
Threshold speed: 127 mph;
Crew : 2
Payload : 85 Pax.