From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Max O. Lange) Organization: ESA ESTEC Date: 13 Apr 96 16:44:53 References: 1 Followups: 1 2 3 4 5 6
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In article <airliners.1996.102@ohare.Chicago.COM>, email@example.com (Tim Takahashi) wrote: [...] > I have here in a copy of Janes, a photo (and little else) of > a small feederliner called a VFW-614, from West Germany. The > airplane in the photograph is wearing Luftwaffe clothing, but > it is clearly a small feederliner. > > There is a slightly swept wing, with two small fanjets mounted > on pylons ABOVE the wing. The wing is mounted low on the fuselage, > ala 737. The horizontal surfaces are mounted high on the fueslage > with more dihedral (also similar to a 737). Single vertical > empennage. > > >From the looks of it, it seats 35-40. It is shown in the "rare" > aircraft section of the book... next to Convair 990s, Bristol > Britannas, etc. Yeah- good old 614...funny thing: The company was actually named Fokker and (like its Dutch counterpart?) went broke just as this very nice aircraft had some market success... Anyway, it really is a small feeder liner though it was mainly used for VIP transport in the Luftwaffe. One, though, was converted by the DLR (German aerospace research establishment) to an all-electric everything simulator called ATTAS. One thing they use it for is laminar flow research, I think. I also seem to recall the YC14/YC15 programmes in the States used engines mounted above and before the wings to increase lift.