- Model No: A01047V
- Scale 1:72
- Age 8+
The Fieseler Storch was a small German liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II. Production continued in other countries into the 1950s for the private market. It was notable for its excellent STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) performance and low stall speed of just 31 mph
In 1943, the Storch played a role in Operation Eiche, the rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from a boulder-strewn mountain-top near the Gran Sasso. Even though the mountain was surrounded by Italian troops, German commando Otto Skorzeny and 90 paratroopers used gliders to land on the peak and quickly captured it. However, the problem of how to get back off remained. A Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 helicopter was sent, but it broke down en route. Instead, pilot Heinrich Gerlach flew in a Storch. It landed in just 100 ft, and after Mussolini and Skorzeny boarded, it took off in 250 ft, even though the aircraft was overloaded.
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