Fokker Aircraft

The Fokker 50 is a turboprop-powered airliner, designed as a refinement of and successor to the highly successful Fokker F27 Friendship.

Fokker F50 Friendship

By the early 1980s, the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker, who had identified that sales of the Fokker F27 Friendship, a turboprop-powered airliner which had been in continual production since 1958, were beginning to decline. Accordingly, the company decided to conduct a series of design studies for follow-up products to the key elements of their existing product line, these being the centered around the F27 and the Fokker F28 Fellowship jet airliner. In November 1983, Fokker decided to commence simultaneous work on two development projects to develop a pair of new airliners - these being the Fokker 100, which was to succeed the F28, and the Fokker 50, which was the successor to the F27.The Fokker 50 programme suffered some delays, leading to the first aircraft being delivered more than a year following the final F27 delivery.


The Fokker 50 was basically an amalgamation of various refinements and improvements which had been made to the design of the F27 Friendship. As a result of these modifications, such as the adoption of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127B turboprop engines, Fokker was able to progressively reduce the F27's fuel consumption by 30 per cent. Various different propeller designs were adopted over timespan of the aircraft's production, while an increasing proportion of composite materials were used in the airframe, adjustments to the wing design, and a higher degree of cockpit automation were areas of major advances of the Fokker 50 over its predecessor

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The Fokker 60 is stretched version of the Fokker 50, being 1.62 m (5.31 ft) longer for a total length of 26.87 m (88.16 ft). It featured a large cargo door on the right side, immediately behind the cockpit, for loading/unloading. Only four examples of the Fokker 60 were ever completed, all of which were delivered to the Royal Netherlands Air Force. All of them were part of 334 Squadron based at Eindhoven Airport. The type was typically used to transport equipment and soldiers, while it was occasionally used for paradrop operations as well.

Fokker F50 Friendship

Fokker 60
Marketed as the Fokker 60, same as the 0502 with an increased fuselage length (1.02 m/3.34 ft in front of wing and 0.80 m/2.63 ft aft of wing), increased design weight and introduction of a large cargo door in the forward right side of the fuselage. Two Pratt & Whitney PW127B turboprop engines, four built.

  • History

    Role Airliner

    National origin Netherlands

    Manufacturer Fokker

    First flight 28 December 1985

    Introduction 1987

    Status Out of production, in service

    Produced 1985 - 1997

    Number built 213

    Unit cost

    US$17.5 million

    Developed from Fokker F27

  • General Info

    Crew: 2 (flight deck crew)

    Capacity: up to 58 passengers

    Length: 25.25 m (82 ft 10 in)

    Fokker 60: 26.87 m (88.16 ft)

    Wingspan: 29 m (95 ft 2 in)

    Height: 8.32 m (27 ft 4 in)

    Max takeoff weight: 20,820 kg (45,900 lb)

    Fokker 60: 22,950 kg (50,596 lb)

    Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B turboprop engines, 1,864 kW (2,500 hp) each

    Fokker 60: 2x 1,953 kW (2,619 hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127B turboprop engines

  • Performance


    Maximum speed: 560 km/h (348 mph; 302 kn)

    Cruise speed: 530 km/h (329 mph; 286 kn)

    Fokker 60: 469 km/h (291 mph)

    Range: 2,055 km (1,277 mi; 1,110 nmi)

    Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)


    two × AGM-84D Harpoon missiles and radar, sonar systems (Republic of Singapore Air Force Fokker 50s)

Fokker F50 Friendship


The Fokker 50 performed its maiden flight on 28 December 1985, and entered revenue service during 1987. The Fokker 60 has been operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), ex-RNLAF aircraft are also in service with the Peruvian Naval Aviation and the Republic of China's Air Force.


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