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Fieseler Fi 156 Storch

Fieseler Fi-156C-3 Storch F-AZRA/2E+RA Luftwaffe

The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch was a small German liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II. It remains famous to this day for its excellent STOL (Short-Take-Off-and-Landing) performance.

  • Role: Reconnaissance & communications
  • National origin: Germany
  • Manufacturer: Fieseler/Morane-Saulnier
  • First flight: 24 May 1936
  • Introduction: 1937
  • Status: Privately owned, or in museums
  • Retired: Germany: 1945, France: 1970
  • Produced: 1937–1949 (1965 for the MS 500)
  • Number built: Over 2,900

Production per factory

  • Fieseler: 1.908
  • Morane-Saulnier: 784
  • Mraz: 78
  • Leichtbau: 73

Military operators

  • Bulgarian Air Force
  • Royal Khmer Air Force (Post war) and Khmer National Air Force
  • Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia
  • Czechoslovakian Air Force (Post war)
  • Egyptian Air Force
  • Finnish Air Force
  • French Air Force (Post war)
  • French Navy (Post war)
  • French Army (Post war)
  • Luftwaffe German Air Force)
  • Greek Air Force (Post war)
  • Royal Hungarian Air Force
  • Regia Aeronautica (Italian Air Force)
  • Royal Lao Air Force (Post war)
  • Royal Moroccan Air Force (Post war)
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force (Post war)
  • Polish Air Force (Post war)
  • Polish Navy (Post war)
  • Royal Romanian Air Force
  • Romanian Air Force (Post war)
  • Slovak Air Force (1939–1945)
  • Vietnam Air Force (Post war)
  • Soviet Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Royal Swedish Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Royal Air Force
  • Yugoslav Royal Air Force
  • SFR Yugoslav Air Force

Specifications (Fi 156)

General characteristics

  • 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)

Performance

  • 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)

Armament

  • Guns: MG 15 machine gun