Fieseler Fi 156
|Type||Military utility aircraft, STOL aircraft, Reconnaissance aircraft, Communications aircraft, Historical aircraft|
|Configuration||High wing aircraft|
|Propulsion||Piston aircraft, Single-engine aircraft|
The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (English: Stork) was a small German liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II, and production continued in other countries into the 1950s for the private market. It is famous for its excellent STOL performance. Conceived by Fi chief designer Reinhold Mewes and technical director Erich Bachem, Fieseler's design had great short take off and landing ("STOL") performance, and was built after winning a German Air Ministry prize for a new multi-purpose Luftwaffe plane. It was nicknamed the Stork due to its long gears which would hang down in flight. 2,900 were built during its 1937–1949 (1965 for the MS 500) production time.
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)
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)
Guns: MG 15 machine gun