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The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch – The First STOL Aircraft

Illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs, this book looks at the Fieseler Fi 156, or Storch (Stork) as it was better known.  First flown in May 1936, it was designed in answer to a request from the Luftwaffe for a short-range reconnaissance aircraft.  For its time, the Fi 156 had amazing performance and flight characteristics for what today is known as STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing). It could take-off from a lawn considerably smaller than a football field.  During the Second World War, the ubiquitous Storch was the airborne eyes of the German Wehrmacht (Army) and was also used on daring missions, including the rescue of Mussolini, the Italian dictator.  One of the last flights into Berlin was made in a Storch. Many were sold to Germany’s allies while one was used by Churchill after D-Day to observe the progress of the invasion. Others were used by the RAF as squadron ‘hacks’ with one being flown off an aircraft carrier.  The STOL concept was copied by many countries, including France, Japan and the USSR. Post-war, production continued in Czechoslovakia, France and Romania with more than 3,000 built.

AUTHOR – Jan Forsgren

PUBLISHER – Fonthill

FORMAT – Hardback

PAGES – 192

PUBLISHED – 2021

ISBN – 978 1 78155 813 3

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Illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs, this book looks at the Fieseler Fi 156, or Storch (Stork) as it was better known.  First flown in May 1936, it was designed in answer to a request from the Luftwaffe for a short-range reconnaissance aircraft.  For its time, the Fi 156 had amazing performance and flight characteristics for what today is known as STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing). It could take-off from a lawn considerably smaller than a football field.  During the Second World War, the ubiquitous Storch was the airborne eyes of the German Wehrmacht (Army) and was also used on daring missions, including the rescue of Mussolini, the Italian dictator.  One of the last flights into Berlin was made in a Storch. Many were sold to Germany’s allies while one was used by Churchill after D-Day to observe the progress of the invasion. Others were used by the RAF as squadron ‘hacks’ with one being flown off an aircraft carrier.  The STOL concept was copied by many countries, including France, Japan and the USSR. Post-war, production continued in Czechoslovakia, France and Romania with more than 3,000 built.

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