The Fokker 50 was a regional airliner produced in the late 1980s and 1990s. It was a development of the earlier Fokker F-27 airliner and looks very much like it, apart from the new and much for fuel efficient engines.
The Fokker 50 was developed in the early 1980s a refinement of the popular Fokker F-27.
Sales of that airliner had been declining in the face of several new and more modern regional airliners so Fokker redesigned the F-27 with many improvements including more efficient Pratt & Whitney engines which reduced fuel consumption by 30 per cent over the F-27.
The first Fokker 50 made its first flight on 28 December 1985 and they began entering revenue service in 1987.
Production ended in 1997 when Fokker was wound up as a result of financial problems.
A total of 213 Fokker 50s were manufactured
This model represents VH-FNA flying for Skywest Airlines in May 2009.
Eastern Express 1/144 kit with Southern Skies decals. Completed in February 2019.