Focke-Wulf Fw 260

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Fw 260
Role VTOL airliner
National origin West Germany
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
Number built 0

The Focke-Wulf Fw 260 Flamingo and Focke-Wulf Fw 300 were a pair of related VTOL airliner projects, designed by Focke-Wulf during the early 1960s. Neither aircraft was built.

Fw 260[edit]

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;[1] this was later revised to 96.[2]

Fw 300[edit]

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.[2][3]

Specifications (Fw 260)[edit]

Data from Flight[1][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Capacity: 85-98
  • Length: 34 m (111 ft)
  • Wingspan: 24.54 m (80 ft 6 in)
  • Empty weight: 22,226 kg (49,000 lb)
  • Gross weight: 99,200 kg (218,699 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × turbofan , 40 kN (9,100 lbf) thrust each
  • Powerplant: 12 × turbojet lift jet, 35.4 kN (7,950 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 914 km/h; 494 kn (568 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 798 km/h; 431 kn (496 mph)
  • Range: 1,481 km; 799 nmi (920 mi) standard load

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Luftfahrtschau Hanover: Germany's Big Show Opens". Flight International, 3 May 1962, pages 686-687.
  2. ^ a b "Paris 1963". Flight International, 6 June 1963, page 842.
  3. ^ a b "Paris Report". Flight International, 6 June 1963, page 907.

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