When Fokker announced a successor to the F27 in November 1983, they also launched a similar follow-on to the Fellowship jet airliner. Derived from the proven F28 Mk 4000 airframe, the new aircraft was designated the Fokker 100 roughly reflecting the number of passenger seats offered. Re-engined with new-technology fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Tay turbofans and with a longer fuselage and redesigned and extended wings, other features include modernised systems incorporating a 'glass cockpit' and a revised cabin interior. Production is shared with Deutsche Airbus, Shorts, Grumman, Rolls-Royce and Dowty Rotol, with assembly and flight testing carried out by Fokker at Schiphol. IPTN of Indonesia also supply components.
The F100 flight test programme involved two prototypes, the first making its maiden flight on 30 November 1986 followed by the second on 25 February 1987. Certification of the Tay 620-15 powered version was achieved in November 1987 and first customer delivery was made to Swissair in February 1988. The uprated Tay 650 version, ordered by US Air was certificated in July 1989 and delivered to the
airline the same month. By mid-1991 Fokker had received orders for 232 F100s and had delivered 70. Options available on Tay 650 aircraft from 1993 include a higher gross weight of 45810kg and an integral wing centre-section fuel tank giving improvements in range between 160 and 450km. Another option available from 1994 will be a quick-change version equipped with a
cargo door 3.4 by 1.9m installed on the port side of the fuselage ahead of the wing, together with a specially designed cabin interior. Conversion time (by three men) is claimed to be 20 minutes, enabling 88 passengers to be carried by day and an 11,500kg payload by night over 2800 km.
| ENGINE||2 x Rolls-Royce Tay 650-15 turbofans, 6849kg|
| Take-off weight||43090 kg||94998 lb|
| Empty weight||24375 kg||53738 lb|
| Wingspan||28.0 m||92 ft 10 in|
| Length||35.5 m||116 ft 6 in|
| Height||8.5 m||28 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||93.5 m2||1006.42 sq ft|
| Cruise speed||837 km/h||520 mph|
| Ceiling||10670 m||35000 ft|
| Range||2956 km||1837 miles|
|Dave McLean, 18.08.2012|
In my 27 years as a commercial airline pilot flying 767, 757, 737NG, the F100 was the most enjoyable and fun to fly. Very straightforward systems, intuitive flight guidance, comfortable cockpit. Fantastic aircraft. Would have retired on it had company kept it long enough for me to do so.
|P.W. van Baarsen, 26.04.2011|
Jammer dat Fokker niet meer bestaat! Wat een pracht de Fokker 100!
Also called a wispher jet due to the great Rolls Royce engines. Had many innovating features like carbon brakes ,double airbrakes and composite parts. On request of airlines who used the outdated F-28 a short version F-70 was build and there were plans for a streched version the F-130 which was never build, thanks to DASA. F-70 was also available as business jet, there was even a F-70 ER (extended range) with extra fule tanks to fly around the world. The governement flies with a F-70.
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