The German Fieseler Fi-156 was designed by Dpl. Ing. Reinhold Mewes in 1935. It was nicknamed "Storch" (German for stork) due to it's uncanny resemblance to the bird while flying. Built for the Luftwaffe as a general purpose airplane, the Fi-156 was the first production aircraft designed for military
operations in short take off and landing (STOL) missions.
The Fi-156 C served in a general utility role, VIP transport, med evac, artillery spotter, and forward air controller. It carried a crew of two or three, and was sometimes armed with a 7.9mm MG-15 machine gun firing over the tail. It remained in continuous production throughout the war with over 2,800 built. Powered by a 240 horsepower Argus AS 10C, inverted V-eight, air cooled engine, it could take off in 250 feet, and stalled at 32 mph. The Fieseler Fi-156 Storch was of conventional steel tube and fabric construction. To this day, its overall performance and utility have not been equaled by a production fixed wing aircraft.
In March of 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Lund, U.S. Army (retired), joined the ranks of the First Composite Group Association Luftwaffe Air Unit. He brought with him an amateur-built Fieseler Fi-156 C Storch manufactured by Criquet Aviation of Bogota, Columbia. This remarkable aircraft was built by original plans of the 1935 production Fi-156. Click on image to see the 75% scale replica of the Fieseler Storch.
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