The Netherlands Transport Museum in Nieuw-Vennep has launched a campaign to rescue the first production Fokker F28 Fellowship. The airliner has been stored for 16 years in a remote corner of Bamako Airport in Mali. It last flew as TZ-ASH with Air Mali.
The museum is aiming to return the F28 to its ‘birthplace’ of Haarlemmermeer, close to the former Fokker aircraft factory. If successful, the jet will be restored to static display condition and will be painted to represent PH-MOL, a livery last worn during the 1960s. TZ-ASH was originally used by its manufacturer as a trials aircraft before being leased to several overseas airlines. www.nederlandstransportmuseum.nl