With only about 200 ever built worldwide and far fewer still in service, finding a Fokker 50 to fly can be quite a challenge. But the Fokker 50 is the heart and soul of small Swedish airline Amapola Flyg, which got its start carrying mail and now operates passenger flights to smaller communities throughout Sweden.
Before 2005, getting personnel to the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Troll Research Station (AT27/QAT) in Antarctica involved a weeks-long boat ride followed by a 250 kilometer trek over snow, ice, and rock. But in 2005, the research station opened its 3000 meter blue ice runway. With the summer season coming to a close and most personnel …