Fieseler Fi 156 Storch
German Liaison & Ambulance

storch.JPG (18994 bytes) The Ghost Squadron's Fi 156D ambulance version over the desert of West Texas -- not much different than North Africa in some parts.

Image source: The Confederate Air Force Ghost Squadron CD-ROM produced by Corel. Photos by Bill Crump.

The Fieseler Storch (pronounced "Stork") was a remarkable aircraft when it entered service in 1937, being one of the first successful short takeoff and landing (STOL) designs in the world.

Capable of flying at only 32 mph, the Storch could and did regularly operate from areas only two or three hundred feet long, less than the size of a football field.

The Storch is equipped with a very long-travel set of shock absorbers in its landing gear to handle rough terrain and hard landings. In flight, the landing gear hangs down, giving the aircraft the appearance of a very long-legged, big winged bird, hence its name, "Stork".

The wings are fitted with fixed leading edge slats to improve lift and control at slow speed. In addition to normal flaps, the ailerons are also designed to lower, or "droop" when full flaps are lowered, thus increasing the lift even more.

All of these high lift devices needed for slow flight also restricted the design's top speed. Normal cruising speed in the Storch is only about 87 mph, at best.

The wings can be folded back along the fuselage, allowing the Storch to be stored in a smaller space or transported on a trailer by road.

The first major production version was the Fi 156C, which began to reach Luftwaffe forces in 1939, and was fitted with the Argus As 10C, inverted, air cooled, V-8 engine of 240 hp.

The D model appeared in 1941 powered by the Argus As 10P engine of 270 hp, and was designed as an airborne ambulance, capable of carrying two stretcher cases. The stretchers with wounded soldiers could be loaded through large doors on the right side of the fuselage. The CAF’s Storch is a D model, ambulance version.

Over 2,500 Storchs were built during World War II, and production continued in France and Czechoslovakia after the war.


One Pilot and Two Passengers
or Two Wounded on Litters

One Argus As 10P Engine
Inverted Air-cooled V-8 Inline
270 hp @ 2,100 rpm

One 7.9 mm Machine Gun
(Rearward firing for defense)

Max. Speed 109 mph @ Sea Level
Cruise Speed 90 mph
Minimum Speed 32 mph

Climb to 3,000 ft in 4 minutes
Service Ceiling 15,000 ft

Length 32' 6"
Height 9' 10"
Wing Span 46' 9"

Max. Weight 2,911 lbs
Empty Weight 2,051 lbs

Normal Fuel 77 gallons

Normal Range 240 miles


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