Established late 1963 as Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke GmbH (VFW), from merger of Focke-Wulf GmbH and Weser Flugzeugbau GmbH, joined in 1964 by Ernst Heinkel Flugzeugbau. During 1968-1969, acquired 65% holding in Rhein-Flugzeugbau GmbH, later becoming 100% owner of RFB. From 1 January 1969
VFW / Fokker VAK 191B
VAK 191B
became joint partner with Fokker of the Netherlands, mainly for marketing purposes, renamed VFW-Fokker GmbH, partnership lasting until 1980. Programmes in late 1960s/early 1970s included VAK-191B V/STOL and VJ 101 tilt-engine research prototypes, H2 (autogyro) and H3 (compound helicopter) experimental rotorcraft. VFW was involved in major licence production of Lockheed F-104G Starfighters (with Fokker), Sikorsky CH-53Gs (with Dornier and MBB) and Bell UH- 1D helicopters, and
VJ 101C
was overall programme manager for Transall C-160 heavy military transport (built with Nord/Aerospatiale and HFB/MBB). Was involved in design/construction of Dornier Do 31E VTOL transport; built major components for Fokker Fellowship, Airbus A300B and Panavia Tornado; was major overhaul facility for several important military and civil aircraft; also member of European Spacelab consortium. Principal late aircraft programme was VFW 614 twin-turbofan shorthaul transport (first flown July 1971), but production of this halted 1978. Taken over by MBB 1981.

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