Today we stopped off at Old Warden to look at some of the aircraft in the Shuttleworth Trust collection. In hanger 3 was a Fieseler Fi 156 Storch, a world war 2 German spotter plane.
Whilst we were there, Peter Holloway had the Storch rolled out onto the airfield for a flying test prior to the air show planned for Saturday next.
With a top up of 75 litres of fuel in one wing tank, the aircraft should be able to perform a good display flight. There is no fuel gauge, you just check the fuel tanks with a dip stick.
Take off is very short, and this aircraft is capable of landing on a football pitch with space to spare. It is a slow aircraft, flying at about 80 knots, but it is very manoeuvrable in level flight. The visibility from the cabin is also exceptionally good.
This aircraft will be flying along with their other WW2 STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) aircraft, the Westland Lysander. The Storch is privately owned and registered as G-STCH on the Civil Aircraft Register.