Fieseler Fi 156 Storch
Role:- Reconnaissance & communications Manufacturer:- Fieseler Morane-Saulnier Designer:- Fieseler - Reinhold Mewes and technical director Erich Bachem First flight:- 24 May 1936 Introduction:- 1937 Retired Germany:- 1945 and France:- 1970 Primary users:- Luftwaffe, French Army, French Air Force Produced:- 1937â€“1949 (1965 for the MS 500) Number built:- Over 2,900
Designed in 1935, the Storch was widely used during World War II by German military forces for reconnaissance, liaison and aeromedical transport. High-ranking officers also used Fi-156s as personal transports. Notable features of the Storch included its good maneuverability, extremely low stalling speed of 32 mph, and excellent short field takeoff and landing characteristics. Between 1937 and 1945, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) accepted almost 2,900 Fi-156s.
Other countries using the Fi 156 included Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Italy. The most famous Storch mission was the hazardous rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943 from a tiny rock-strewn plateau at a remote lodge high in the Apennine Mountains.
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