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Role Jet airliner
Manufacturer Fokker

The Fokker F29 was a conceptual jet airliner design by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer, Fokker.



By the late 1970s, Fokker had two ageing aircraft models in production and were looking for a new move in the market. Fokker recognized the huge size of the replacement market as thousands of Boeing 727 and 737, Douglas DC-9 and BAC 1-11’s would turn over twenty years old soon.

Fokker proposed the F.29 airliner in 1979, a 138-seat aircraft. By that time, Fokker already spent 150 million guilders development cost. First flight was planned for late 1983 and service entry was foreseen at early 1985. The aircraft was initially priced at $ 17 million. A stretched version with a 160 to 180 seat capacity was projected for the second half of the 1980s.

Competition was formed by formidable parties. Boeing launched the 737-300 and McDonnell-Douglas already marketed a stretched and updated version of the DC-9, the DC-9 Super 80. Airbus was also considering the SA1, which would eventually become the A320.


The overall layout of the aircraft took a stretched fuselage of the F.28, with an all-new supercritical wing and two wing-mounted turbofan engines. Also the tailsection was a derivative of the F.28, with its high mounted elevators and characteristic airbrakes. Cabin layout however, was to be six abreast. Fokker openly communicated that the fuselage cross section was a copy of Boeing’s fuselage of the 707/727/737. This would

Engines considered were the newly designed CMF International CFM.56-3 and the proposed British/Japanese RJ.500-01, to be built by Rolls-Royce, IHI, Fuji and Kawasaki.


Fokker positively searched for industrial partners, as this project simply was too big for Fokker to handle on its own. Negotiations were held with Airbus, Boeing and the Japanese aircraft industry. The search failed as it quickly became apparent that Airbus had its own plans with the SA1 and that Boeing was using all its resources on design and preproduction of the Boeing 757 and 767. Moreover, Boeing was revamping the 737 into the -300 series. The Japanese industry was more inclined towards cooperation with larger partners, like Airbus or Boeing.


Finally Fokker was unable to attract industrial partners or to interest airlines into ordering the F.29. It eventually found a partner in McDonnell-Douglas. The American party already had plans to design a new model, the 180-seat DC-XX. Together the two parties came about with the MDF.100, a mix of the F.29 and the DC-XX.

Specifications (Fokker F29)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three
  • Capacity: 138 passengers
  • Length: ()
  • Wingspan: ()
  • Height: ()
  • Powerplant: ×


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