Picture this: ….The night before an elite German force over took a small grass airstrip just a few hundred feet away. The Allied Forces had to gain control of this airfield so they could fly in much-needed supplies. - It was going to be a tough fight.
Just when they were getting ready to attack - a German Fiesler Storch reconnaissance aircraft spotted the troops! They opened fire on the Storch, but it was too late. The plane made a quick turn from a practical standstill and landed at the German camp. The pilot alerted the German unit of the advancing Allies. The Allied soldiers knew – it was now or never!
How will the battle end? Will the Allied troops be able to gain control of the airfield and further their advancement? You will have to be there to find out. The Collings Foundation will host a Living History event you will never forget. You will be able to see original equipment from WWII in action. Everything from the cooking utensils to M1 rifles is original.
One of the most unique aircraft ever produced, the Fiesler Fi-156 Storch was an aircraft built for a specific task. Able to take off and land in literally twice its own length, it was perfect for forward air observation on battlefields and air ambulance work. Flying for the German Luftwaffe in WWII, it saw service on all fronts.This one is owned by the Collings Foundation.
Wingspan 46 feet, 9 inches
Length 32 feet, 5 3/4 inches
Height 10 feet
Empty weight 2,050 lbs.
Max. weight 2,921 lbs.
Powerplant One 240-hp Argus As 10C-3, 8-cylinder inverted-V piston engine
Armament None or One rear-firing 7.93-mm (0.31-inch) machine gun on pivot mount
Performance Max Speed: 109 mph
Service Ceiling: 15,090 ft.
Range: 239 miles