The first West German-built commercial airliner since the Second World War had its first public showing over Bremen on Wednesday (21 July).
The first West German-built commercial airliner since the Second World War had its first public showing over Bremen on Wednesday (21 July). The German aviation industry was forbidden to resume work until 1956 by the occupying powers after the war, and in recent years has concentrated its efforts on specialist aircraft design. Now Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke....in partnership with the Dutch Fokker Company...have produced "VFW-614", a twin-jet 44-passenger airliner with short take-off and landing capabilities.
SYNOPSIS: An interested crowd at Bremen takes a close look at the VFW-614....West Germany's first commercial aircraft to be built since the Second World War. Its a twin-jet 44-passenger short-haul airliner built by Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke in partnership with the Dutch Fokker company, and is powered by Rolls Royce M-45 engines. The VFW-614 has been specially designed with short take-off and landing capabilities so that it can operate with ease from small or poorly-equipped airports with grass or dirt runways.
After the Second World War the occupying powers forbade the German aviation industry form resuming work until 1956. In recent years the industry's efforts have been concentrated on specialist aircraft design. The Bremen makers of the VFW-614 already have 26 orders for the aircraft and are hopeful of selling between 300 and 400 at a cost of 1.2 million pounds each.