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Fieseler Fi-156 Storch


FGM Lieutenant General
Oct 11, 2010
Castelar, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.
The Fieseler Fi-156 Storch (stork) was a german reconnaissance/liaison aircraft during World War 2.-

First flown in 1936, the Storch's ability for STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) made it ideal for crude battlefield locations. Its 46.75' wingspan, fixed leading edge slats and slotted aileron/flaps (which extended the length of the wing) allowed the Storch to take off in as little as 200 feet in a light head wind, and only needed 70 feet of runway to land.-


On one occasion a Fieseler Storch was stripped of all non-essential flying equipment and the motor was modified to 300 hp. During this test the Storch lifted off the ground with no ground roll. The prop blast over the wing was enough to create the needed lift.-

The Storch featured a greenhouse type cockpit that bulged over the sides of the fuselage, and offered good fields of vision for reconnaissance work.-

At only 5 feet tall, Hanna Reitsch was probably the most famous Storch pilot.- In 1939 she flew a Storch in the Deutschland-Halle.- This building was apparently completely enclosed, and the flight around the inside of the building was viewed by many spectators and filmed.- Hanna was sent in to rescue Hitler and others with a Storch at the end of the war, and she landed in a street. -


Crew: 2
Length: 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in)
Wingspan: 14.3 m (46 ft 9 in)
Height: 3.1 m (10 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 26 m² (280 ft²)
Empty weight: 860 kg (1,900 lb)
Loaded weight: 1,260 kg (2,780 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Argus As 10 air-cooled inverted V8 engine, 180 kW (240 hp)

Maximum speed: 175 km/h (109 mph) at 300 m (1,000 ft)
Range: 380 km (210 nmi, 240 mi)
Service ceiling: 4,600 m (15,090 ft)
Rate of climb: 4.8 m/s (945 ft/min)
Wing loading: 48.5 kg/m² (9.9 lb/ft²)
Power/mass: 143 W/kg (0.087 hp/lb)

Guns: MG 15 machine gun

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Thank you for this really good contribution !

Well, my Grandfather worked at the Fieseler-Werke in Kassel as an "Spitzendreher" (sorry, i`m unable to translate this...it means an turner / lathe operator that works betwen two centerpoints) before the war. He never told anything about the things he produced although the war was ended many years ago. Perhaps parts of the Storch.

Best regards