Fokker 50 PH-OSI Aviodrome 22022011
Second prototype Fokker 50 c/n 10688 PH-OSI, photographed on 22 February 2011, is one of three gatekeepers the others being a Hawker Hunter and a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. As the Fokker 50 is regarded by the certificating authorities as a derivative of the Fokker F27 Friendship, the Fokker 50 is officially registered as the Fokker F27 Mk050. The second protoytype first flew on 30 April 1986. At the end of the eighties PH-OSI was modified to serve as Fokker 50 Maritime demonstrator. After the demise of the Fokker company the aircraft was acquired by the Fokker Heritage Trust and after the opening of the Aviodrome at Lelystad in 2003 exhibited in front of the main entrance. Fokker used an F-27 Friendship fuselage for PH-OSI. The cabin windows of the aircraft are fake. The oval windows of the F-27 fuselage were painted white, as can be seen just to the right of the Fokker logo. Small dark squares with rounded edges were painted on the fuselage to represent the small windows of the later production Fokker 50s. PH-OSI is slightly damaged, with a twisted outer section of the wing and a missing upper part of the vertical tail. The first prototype Fokker 50 PH-OSO was scrapped in June 1998. Only two fuselage sections and the cockpit section survive with the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands and the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory.