During the eighties of the 20th century the Fokker 50 was developed from the Fokker F.27.
Initially it was thought to continuously develop the F.27, so early eighties a study was made for a new version with new engines, the F27RE. This version proofed not to be attractive for the customers, so Fokker started to focus on a completely new type, project P335.
Its appearance was identical to the F.27, but main differences are the landing gear, the smaller oval windows, six-blade propellers and longer engine nacelles and several other often aerodynamic refinements.
Furthermore, there was a lot of attention for the construction of the device, wherein composite materials were used.
The new Fokker type made its first flight on December 28, 1985. In 1997 the last example was delivered, making a total of more than 200 units built.
- Fokker 50:
- Mark 050: main version with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B or two Pratt & Whitney PW127B turboprop engines.
- Mark 0502: Version with reviewed interior and modified emergency exits. Six examples built of which two examples for the RNlAF, two examples for the Singapore Air Force and two for the Brunei Air Force.
- Fokker 60:
- Four examples for the RNlAF of an Fokker 50 mark 0502 with extended fuselage: 1,02 m in front of the wings and 0,8 m behind the wings; higher weight, large cargo door at the right and two Pratt & Whitney PW127B turboprop engines.
|Length:||22,25 m||Wing span:||29 m|
|Height:||8,32m||Wing surface:||- m2|
|Empty weight:||18700 kg||Full Weight:||20820 kg|
|Max. speed:||472 km/hr||Rate of climb:||- m/min|
|Reach:||4017 km||Service level:||- m|
|Engine:||Two Pratt & Whitney PW 125B rated 2500 hp each.|