The Fieseler Fi 156 „Storch“
The Fieseler Fi 156 “Storch” (Stork) is a fascinating aircraft. When it first took to the skies in 1936, it was way ahead of its time. It was the brainchild of the German fighter pilot and acrobatic pilot Gerhard Fieseler. The three-seater with its delicate looking landing gear has high lift flaps and enough power to take off within 50 metres and land on just 20.
This made it a precursor of the helicopter. Even now, the “Storch” is often referred to as a “fixed wing helicopter”. It served in spectacular missions and was built almost 3,000 times at the Gerhard Fieseler Works in Kassel. It was also built under license by Morane-Saulnier in France, and Mráz in the Czechoslovakia. Today, there are only very few that are airworthy.