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Help Us Save a Fokker F28-1000 in Canada

My name is Ken Meintzer and I am on Board of Directors for the Time Air Historical Society (TAHS) based in Alberta, Canada. We are working towards the establishment of a museum in Lethbridge, Alberta that will celebrate the interesting history of this little airline that managed to grow into one of the larger regional airlines in North America, for a time.

Our society was formed about three years ago with the aim of preserving the history of Time Air, which was a regional airline based out of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada beginning in 1966. Between its founding and April 1993, when TIme Air was rolled into “Canadian Regional Airlines”, the airline expanded from flying De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and Shorts 330 and 360 aircraft to the DHC-7 and DHC-8 series of regional turbo-props, including being the launch customer of the DHC-8 300 series variant. The airline grew to serve a wide territory of western Canada and 38 destinations plus international service to MSP and SEA.

Eventually, Time Air began flying the Fokker F-28-1000 Fellowship aircraft and became the largest operator of the type for a while. This is part of the reason that the Time Air Historical Society is so determined to ensure that one of the last remaining intact versions of this aircraft (and from the former Time Air fleet) can be properly restored to display status.

TAHS has secured a purchase agreement with the current owner of F-28-1000, SN #11106, formerly registered as C-FTAV, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the Time Air fleet, this aircraft flew for Garuda Indonesian Airlines and Piedmont/ USAir. The caveat is that our society must raise the purchase price of the aircraft before January 31, 2019 or the aircraft will almost certainly be scrapped.

We have set our fundraising goal at $10,500 which includes the cost to acquire the aircraft and transport it to Alberta for restoration and display in our eventual museum. We have a fantastic opportunity to save this magnificent jet from being destroyed but our time is very limited.

Purchasing this aircraft is the smallest portion of this entire endeavour. This aircraft will be only one of two in any museum-type public display IN THE WORLD. Moving forward, it will be the only one of its type on public display in ALL of the Americas (North/Central/South). The Netherlands, where the Fokker F-28 was produced, does not have an F-28-1000 on display.

Please visit the TAHS Go Fund Me page and help us save C-FTAV!



We have a Facebook group where you can find much more information about the Time Air Historical Society and all of our efforts to preserve this aviation history. https://www.facebook.com/Time-Air-Historical-Society-111708030235569/?eid=ARCmOzkyfZd0I-ZQaxQeO_-rhpbKZiBOTG9TJexxTcskclxRy0x1q7O9q_lvFy6e5-i27dMso7vOsYgu

Just to report that there is one F-28-1000 on public display in Argentina.formely operate by the Air Force. As the type is in his sunset in the AF, another one will be preserved at his last unit. Wouldn’t be surprised if other are preserved also.

But it doesn’t change anything. good luck with your ques and hope you can make it!

F-28MK.1000M, MSN 11028
Originaly PH-EXA
First Flight 8/12/1970
Reg T-01 in 28/12/70 for Presidential use.
Reg T-03 in 1/03/1975
Reg T-01 in 1/08/1977
Reg T-02 in g7/1992
Accident in Salta 5/11/1993, repaired
Reg T-03 in 13/12/1995
Overhaul in Netherlands in 1999, Returen 31/03/1999
Overhaul at SABE/AEP in 2002
WFU 20/4/2015 in 1st Air Brigade at Palomar, Buenos Aires
Moved for display at National Aeronautics Museum at MorĂłn, Buenos Aires

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Good morning Juan,

Thanks for the information! Glad to see one has been so nicely preserved.


Ken Meintzer

Happy New Year everyone!

We have about 4 weeks left in our campaign to save this Fokker F28-1000 from being scrapped. Every donation brings us closer to saving her so please consider making a donation.

Thank you from the Time Air Historical Society