Fokker speedbrakes active: Fokker 70 PH-KZL 18082012
Fokker was the first civil airliner manufacturer to apply speedbrakes to the rear of the fuselage, a common feature on military jets. The first airliner with the clamshell-type speedbrakes under the vertical tail was the Fokker F-28. The design feature was later used by British Aerospace for its BAe 146/Avro RJ and by Fokker for its Fokker 70s and 100s. The image shows Fokker 70 c/n 11536 PH-KZL of KLM Cityhopper with speedbrakes extended, about to catch the ILS glideslope of runway 27 at Schiphol Amsterdam airport in The Netherlands (EHAM) while flying over my home at a height of 4600 ft and a speed of 200kts, carrying out flight KL 1210 from Kristansand (ENCN) on 18 August 2012. As the Fokker 70 is regarded by the certificating authorities as a derivative of the Fokker F28, the aircraft is officially registered as a Fokker F28 Mk0070. PH-KZL first flew as PH-EZH on 13 March 1995 and was first delivered to Silk Air as 9V-SLK on 18 March 1995. KLM Cityhopper operates the aircraft since 25 March 2000.
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