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Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)

Nazi Germany (1937)
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The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch was a multi-faceted performer for the Third Reich in World War 2.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork) Reconnaissance / Army Co-operation Multi-Purpose Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/12/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The seemingly fragile Fieseler Fi 156 Storch(or "Stork") does not seem to have a home in a global conflict as World War 2 was yet the little machine became a spectacular multi-purpose airframe to which the Third Reich put to good use throughout the war and on all fronts. The versatile performer allowed for just about any field or road to be used as a base of operations and the system could loiter in the skies for a time in the slightest of headwinds. These capabilities allowed the Storch to perform as an effective reconnaissance, mission liaison and air ambulance in its time during the war. When called upon, this stork delivered.

Design of the Fi 156 was almost utilitarian. Wings were of a monoplane design mounted high atop the fuselage with the smallish cockpit just underneath. The most identifiable feature of the Stork lay in the angled fixed landing gear, with its connecting struts making their way from fuselage to wings. The engine was mounted at extreme front and powered up to about 240 horsepower. The fuselage proved durable and capable of light-type sorties that in some cases saw single litters of wounded being brought aboard in the medevac role.

The basic yet competent construction allowed the Storch access to remote and sometimes unforgiving terrain. The aircraft was designed in such a way that the airframe proved to be a terrific short take-off and landing (STOL) performer. Such were its capabilities that the aircraft needed less than a football field's length take off and much less than that to land on. This was evident in the grand rescue of Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini from his Gran Sasso prison in 1943, playing a part alongside the German special forces units. In the end, the Storch appeared in a handful of variants through to the final days of the war.


Picture of the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork) Reconnaissance / Army Co-operation Multi-Purpose Aircraft
Picture of the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork) Reconnaissance / Army Co-operation Multi-Purpose Aircraft



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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (106mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Nazi Germany
Year: 1937
Type: Reconnaissance / Army Co-operation Multi-Purpose Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Fieseler - Germany / Morane-Saulnier - France / Mraz - Czechoslovakia / Antonov - Soviet Union
Production: 2,949
Global Operators:
Bulgaria; Cambodia; Croatia; Czechoslovakia; Finland; France; Nazi Germany; Greece; Hungary; Kingdom of Italy; Laos; Norway; Poland; Romania; Slovakia; South Vietnam; Soviet Union; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; Yugoslavia
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Fieseler Fi 156C-2 Storch (Stork) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
32.48 ft


Meters
9.9 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
46.75 ft


Meters
14.25 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
10.01 ft


Meters
3.05 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
2,050 lb


Kilograms
930 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,921 lb


Kilograms
1,325 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Argus As 10C-3 inverted V8, air-cooled, radial piston engine developing 240hp.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
106 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
170 kph


Knots
92 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
239 mi


Kilometers
385 km


Nautical Miles
208 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
15,092 ft


Meters
4,600 m


Miles
2.86 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
945 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
288 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (2):

OPTIONAL (Variant Dependent):
1 OR 2 x 7.92mm machine gun(s) in rear trainable gun position or side cabin windows.
Depth Charges
Conventional Drop Bombs
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Fi 156 V1 - Initial Prototype; metal adjustable propeller; single example produced.
• Fi 156 V2 - Prototype Model; initial flyable example; fitted with wood propeller; single example produced.
• Fi 156 V3 - Prototype Model; based on the V2 prototype; testbed for radio communications equipment; single example produced.
• Fi 156 V4 - Prototype Model; based on the V3 prototype; winter ski undercarriage; optional auxiliary fuel tank.
• Fi 156 V5 - Prototype Model; A-series production standard.
• Fi 156 A-0 - Pre-production examples based on the V3 prototype; 10 examples produced; unarmed.
• Fi 156 A-1 - Initial Production Examples; between 6 and 16 aircraft delivered; unarmed.
• Fi 156 B - Proposed Improved Production Model; fitted with automatic retractable landing gear slats; improved aerodynamics and speed; never mass-produced.
• Fi 156 C-0 - Multi-role pre-production models based on A-series production models.
• Fi 156 C-1 - Staff Transport/Liaison Role Designation; seating for three.
• Fi 156 C-2 - Reconnaissance/MedEvac Variant; reconnaissance role fitted with single camera; accommodation for 2 personnel; MedEvac role has provision for single stretcher; reconnaissance model fitted a single MG 15 machine gun in rear cockpit.
• Fi 156 C-3 - "Definitive" Storch; multi-purpose/multi-role model; powered up Argus As 10P engine; universal cockpit for various required roles.
• Fi 156 C-3/Trop - Tropicalized Variant of base C-3 model; filtered engine air intakes; appearing in 1941.
• Fi 156 C-5 - Fitted with Argus As 10P engine; provision for photographic reconnaissance camera in under fuselage position; provision for jettisonable fuel tank; winter ski undercarriage optional.
• Fi 156 C-5/Trop - Tropicalized Variant of base C-5 model; filtered engine air intakes; appearing in 1941.
• Fi 156 D-0 - Pre-Production Air Ambulance Model based on the C-production models; enlarged cockpit compartment; enlarged cabin doors; fitted with Argus AsP series engine.
• Fi 156 D-1 - Production Model of the D-0 pre-production form beginning in 1942.
• Fi 156 E-0 - Liaison Variant; based on the C-1 production models; at least 10 examples fitted with tracked undercarriage; production beginning in 1941.
• Fi 156 F (also Fi 156 P) - Counter-Insurgency Variant; based on C-3 production model; appearing in 1942; fitted with general purpose machine guns in side cabin windows; provision for conventional drop bombs and smoke-laying devices.
• Fi 156 U - Anti-Submarine Variant; based on the C-3 production model; provision for depth charges; appearing in 1940.
• Fi 156 K-1 - Swedish Export Variant based on the C-1 production model.
• Fi 256 - Five Seat Civilian Passenger Transport; at least two examples were produced by French firm Morane-Saulnier.
• MS-500 - French Liaison Variant; fitted with Argus engine of 250 horsepower.
• MS-501 - French Built Variant; fitted with Renault 6Q engine of 233 horsepower.
• MS-502 - French Liaison Variant; based on the MS-500 production model; fitted with Salmson 9ab radial piston engine of 230 horsepower.
• MS-504 - French Built Variant; fitted with Jacobs R-755-A2 radial piston engine of 304 horsepower.
• MS-505 - French Built Observation Variant based on the MS-500 production model; fitted with Jacobs R-755-A2 radial piston engine of 304 horsepower.
• MS-506 - French Built Variant; fitted with Lycoming engine of 235 horsepower.
• Mraz K-65 Cap - Czechoslovakian Built Variant; post-war.
• Antonov OKA-38 - Illegal Soviet Copy of Fi 156; fitted with illegal copy of French Renault MV-6 engine; production halted before deliveries by invading German ground forces in 1941.