The 3 Luftwaffe VFW were sold to Muk Air. After Muk Air's demise, they are now stored at Copenhagen. Last info I had on them was, they were to be converted as freighters for DAT (Danish Air Transport). Sad thing, I would barf my guts out if I ever see this plane with DAT's "Lego" livery.
The placement of the engines on top of the wing was done to ensure the capability of the VFW614 to operate from rough and unprepared strips (lower ingestion risk for debris and dust compared to underwing or tail-mounted). Just think why a DC-9 has ALWAYS to taxi with flaps 15 (YES, to prevent the engines ingesting something what does them no good). Also, a collateral effect of this was significant noise reduction.
The VFW TechRep mentioned is owned by the DLR (the german aeronautics and astronautic center) and is part of their "airborne simulator" program. The aircraft is part of their ATTAS program(Advanced Technology and Training Airborne Simulator). Throughout the years, it was used to test the flight dynamics and train test crews for almost all Airbus planes(A320, 330,340, 319, 318) and also some others.
To the folks bashing the VFW 614 being "hardly successful" or a constructional fauxpas - IT IS NOT!!!! The reasons why the project failed:
-the oil crisis
-Marketing of the plane was Fokker's responsibility, and Fokker did everything to bring the VFW down, since it was concurrency to their own F-27 and the F-50
-lower demand for RJ's in these years(the VFW came just 20 years too early on the market)
-the Governments of the countries participating in the project (Germany and the Netherlands) refused further re-financing when they concentrated on the airbus project instead.
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