The Fw 260 design was displayed at the Luftfahrtschau Hanover trade show in 1962. The aircraft's design included a high-mounted, slightly-swept wing, carrying two two-engined pods for jet engines providing primary thrust, intended to be in the 9,100 pounds-force (40,000 N) class each; these were fitted with vectored thrust to assist in vertical take-off, primary thrust for which was provided by two underwing pods each carrying six liftjets, each producing 7,950 pounds-force (35,400 N) thrust. Up to 85 passengers could be carried; this was later revised to 96.
At the Paris Air Show in 1963, the Fw 260 design was joined by a model of the Fw 300, a short-haul variant of the Fw 260. Similar to its larger relative, it was planned to carry 48-58 passengers, with a range of 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) at 456 knots (845 km/h; 525 mph); it mounted eight lift engines, instead of the Fw 260's twelve.