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The Fokker 50 is a turboprop-powered airliner, designed as an improved version of the successful Fokker F27 Friendship. The Fokker 60 is a stretched freighter version of the Fokker 50. Both aircraft were manufactured and supported by Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker.
The Fokker 50 was developed during the early 1980s following a decline in the sales of the company’s earlier F27 Friendship. It was decided that the new airliner would be a derivative of its predecessor, sharing much of its airframe and design features, while incorporating new advances and several improvements, such as the adoption of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127B turboprop engines, in order to produce a successor that had a 30 per cent reduction in fuel consumption over the F27.
The Fokker 50 is a twin turboprop-powered airliner. It was based on the earlier highly successful Fokker F27 Friendship, specifically the stretched F27-500 model. Structurally, the Fokker 50 owes much to the F27; basic construction of the fuselage, wings and empennage, which made extensive use of composite materials, hot-bonded structures and anti-corrosion treatments, remained mainly unchanged between the two aircraft apart from the strengthening of various sections where required. There were some changes made to specific areas of the aircraft, such as the wing being equipped with upturned ailerons and wingtips that effectively acted as wing endplates or winglets, it was also fitted with a larger number of smaller windows in the fuselage and a new two-wheel nose gear configuration, the latter enabling stable operations under uneven crosswind conditions.[
Role Turboprop regional airliner
National origin Netherlands
First flight 28 December 1985
Status Out of production, in service
Primary users Amapola Flyg
Produced 1985 – 1997
Number built 213
Developed from Fokker F27 Friendship
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Fokker F50 Friendship
F27 Mark 0604
Crew: 2 flight crew
Capacity: 46 seats at 34″ pitch to 56 seats at 30″ pitch,
5,500 kg (12,125 lb) max payload
Length: 25.25 m (82 ft 10 in)
Wingspan: 29 m (95 ft 2 in)
Height: 8.32 m (27 ft 4 in)
Empty weight: 13,400 kg (29,542 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 20,820 kg
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B
turboprop engines, 1,864 kW (2,500 hp) each
Fokker was a Dutch aircraft manufacturer named after its founder, Anthony Fokker. The company operated under several different names, starting out in 1912 in Schwerin, Germany, moving to the Netherlands in 1919. During its most successful period in the 1920s and 1930s, it dominated the civil aviation market. Fokker went into bankruptcy in 1996, and its operations were sold to competitors.
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