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Fieseler Fi 156 Storch

Used extensively by the German Luftwaffe during World War II, the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch was a remarkable STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft.  Using high lift devices including full-span leading slats and trailing edge flaps, the Storch could take off in 200 ft (60 m) in a light breeze and land in about 1/3 of that distance.

First flown in 1936, the three-seat Storch was found virtually everywhere German forces operated.  Its best know mission is the rescue of Benito Mussolini from imprisonment in a hotel in the Apennine mountains in 1943.

During the war the Fi 156 was produced for the Luftwaffe by Morane-Saulnier in France and Mraz in Czechoslovakia.  Civilian variants continued to be produced by these two manufacturers after the war.

Specifications (Fi 156C-2)





Type: Liaison
Engines: one 240 hp (179 kW) Argus As 10C-3 8 cylinder inverted-vee piston engine
Fi 156: Fieseler designation
M.S. 500: Morane-Saulnier variant
K-65: Mraz variant

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