Fellowship Mk 1000
Short-haul jet passenger aircraft
After the success with the F27 Friendship turboprop aircraft it was natural for the Dutch aircraft factory Fokker to move into the market for jet aircraft. The development of the F28 Fellowship started in 1962 and the plane became a new sales success for the company. The first aircraft was delivered from the factory early in 1969. Low operating costs on short route sectors combined with the use of short runways made the aircraft attractive to customers, especially those in the third world. 241 of these aircraft were produced between 1967 and 1987.
Several different versions of the Fokker Fellowship were produced. The first version was the F28-1000. It had seats for 65 passengers and was fitted with Rolls-Royce Spey engines. Model 1000C was a cargo version and was delivered with a cargo door. In 1970 the model 2000 was introduced. The cabin was lengthened and the aircraft now had room for 79 passengers. Later models had more passenger seats, better load capability and noise reduction for the engines.
The Norwegian airline Braathens SAFE was among the first customers. In 1965 the company stepped into the jet age with an order for 5 Fokker Fellowship F28s. The first aircraft, “Olav Kyrre”, was works number 9 and was delivered to Braathens SAFE in 1969. The airline used this aircraft type until 1986. “Olav Kyrre” signalled a new era in Norwegian aviation by being the first jet aircraft to land at Kirkenes and on Svalbard.
In the first half of the 1970s several new Norwegian airports were built. The Fokker Fellowship became a regular sight at many of them, including the airports in Kristiansund and Molde. At the weekends, when there was little traffic on inland routes, the aircraft were used for charter trips abroad.
The worst accident in Braathen SAFE’s history was when Fokker Fellowship “Sverre Sigurdsson” crashed on the day before Christmas Eve in 1972. During the approach to Oslo the aircraft hit a mountain ridge in Asker and 40 lives were lost.
The Norwegian Aviation Museum’s Fokker Fellowship F28-1000 “Olav Kyrre” was sold back to the aircraft factory in 1986. It was “reset to zero” and was later sold on from airline to airline in Italy, the USA and Peru. The Norwegian Aviation Museum bought the aircraft in Peru and transported it home by sea. Today the aircraft is painted as it appeared in Braathens service in the 1970s. A special feature of the aircraft is the air brake, which is mounted in the tail and deploys as a fan.
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