Fieseler Storch

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utility STOL
Argus As10C-3
240 hp
1,900 lbs.
2,900 lbs.
32 ft. 9 in.
46 ft. 9 in.
90 mph
110 mph
950 fpm
17,000 feet
230 miles

Fieseler Storch with parachutist

Fieseler Storch

We received the following email:
From: Pierre Garderes ([email protected])
“That Fieseler Storch for sale, she isn’t very glamorous is she? Quite resilient however! The club over here (Pau Pyrenees Fr) used a Fieseler Storch for dropping parachutists (two at one time, one for the big one.) She would sometimes just bounce and take off without rotation! My sister jumped 16 times this way. The plane had a plank in the struts where you had to sit, out of the plane, before jumping. The motor quit upon take off during a test flight and the grasshopper legs folded back, damaging the fuse, thanks to a giant mole hill. Written off, pilot Ok, swore quite a bit maybe, this was in the early ’60. Best regards – Titus”.  The picture that was attached to the email is shown above

The Fieseler Storch, officially the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch, entered service with the Luftwaffe in 1937. It is known for short take off and landing (STOL) abilities. In a slight breeze, it can take off in about 200 feet and land in about 70 feet.

Although the Fieseler Storch was deployed in virtually every theatre occupied by the German army, it may best remembered as the plane used in Operation Eiche, the rescue of Benito Mussolini from a boulder covered location in the Gran Sasso Mountain range, on September 12, 1943.  A Fieseler Storch piloted by Heinrich Gerlach managed to land in about 100 feet.  Mussolini and German commando Otto Skorzeny climbed aboard the aircraft that managed to get off the ground in about 200 feet and fly to safety.

Pilots report the Fieseler Storch as a pleasant aircraft to fly. Cockpit visibility is excellent. The rear folding wings make storage possible in small spaces. Aileron response is positive with only a light touch needed. There is a wheel on the left side of the cockpit that controls the flaps. It takes of bit of strength to deploy the flaps in their full 70 degrees of range. However, for take off, generally 20 to 40 degrees is used. Starting the engine of the aircraft is a breeze, no matter the weather.

Variants of the Fieseler Storch were produced in France and Czechoslovakia through 1950.

Over 2,900 Fieseler Storch aircraft of all types were produced. Some are still flying today.

RC Fieseler Storch by Garderes

RC Fieseler Storch

We also received the following email from Pierre Garderes:
“Good day,  My Fieseler Storch had been laying in it box for a few years (10?) when I decided to fly her. It was (alas!) a foamie (“depron” white sheet) some + 90 cm (36 in. span), from (if I remember well) a Czech model maker (Hacker?…)

I flew her indoors and in my backyard and it sported a few scars. While flying indoor lately, a silly ugly clumsy basket pole jumped at her and stomped the poor thing. She was doing well on an indoor 20gm brushless motor with prop (8×4) saver and two 450 lipo cells. The whole work was around 250g (say 10oz) four 6g servos + flaps!! I wish I had taken measurements before getting rid of the corpse!

She was quite sturdy: 6mm depron all over, shaped (ribs) wings not intended for ailerons … but, better with, especially indoor where the walls and basket poles are jumping at you so fast. The prop here isn’t that aesthetic and would not last. I changed it for a gray APC 8×3.8 slow fly. She would look better with red crosses (all white +…. red cross, Russia medevac) but …

If any one knows about that one, let me know.”  The Fieseler Storch built by Pierre can be found pictured just above.
Fieseler Storch by JR Models

RC Fieseler Storch

We received the following email from H.E. –
“JR Models is a Czech model maker that has the Fieseler Storch. This is the only small to medium sized slow/park flyer that I can find of the Fieseler Storch. I have one. It was given to me by a guy who had it for years. The plans call for rubber bands and thread for the control surfaces. “Thank you for telling us about JR Models, H.E. Their site shows the Fieseler Storch, pictured above, with a wingspan of 34 1/2 in. and a length of 27 in. It is made from Depron and uses a geared Speed 280 size brushed motor or brushless 280 – 300 size direct drive motor. It is made for indoor or minimal wind flying.
Nick Ziroli Plans has plans for the RC Fieseler Storch for sale.  It builds to a wingspan of 80 in. with a length of 53 in.  Recommended power is a 26 cc gas engine.  Weight is approximately 26 lbs.
The Maxford USA RC Fieseler Storch for sale is a very complete ARF that comes with folding wings and pre-installed servos. Wingspan is 63 in., length is 40 in. and weight is around 3 lbs. You will need to provide a 15 size electric motor.
Dancing Wings Hobby has an all wood RC Fieseler Storch kit for sale.  It builds to a wingspan of 63 in. and a 40 in length.  Power can come from 800 to 1000 kV motors. All up weight is around 4 lbs.

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