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post #1 of 8 Old 02-24-2019, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Piper Vs. Panzer

I'm a WWII buff but was unaware of this:


But wait! There's more! Another interesting spotter plane tale.....

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-25-2019, 09:26 AM
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Fascinating!

Regarding, "Grasshopper vs. Feisler Storch," a "throwback" to ORIGINAL aerial combat in WWI (observation aircraft crews fired at each other with hand-held individual weapons) but in WWII!

During WWII, Mussolini was rescued (as in, sprung from Italian custody/confinement) on Hitler's orders, then evacuated in a Feisler Storch, accompanied by the pilot and commando Scorzini (sp?), all 3 crowded in the 2-seat cockpit. The "over-gross" loading takeoff from the mountaintop landing zone suggests a considerably powerful engine in the little Storch airplane.

(Mussolini's career (lastly, as a Nazi puppet head of state) soon thereafter had a grim and grisly outcome, not from any aviation event.)

“You better put down that gun. You got two ways to go, put it down or use it. Even if you tie me, you’re gonna be dead.” "John Russell" (Paul Newman), Hombre
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Check out the leading edge devices on the Storch wings: stall speed was 30mph.
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Check out the leading edge devices on the Storch wings: stall speed was 30mph.
STOL before there was STOL!


“You better put down that gun. You got two ways to go, put it down or use it. Even if you tie me, you’re gonna be dead.” "John Russell" (Paul Newman), Hombre
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Kermit Meeks has a good 3-part series about the Storch on YouTube for anybody who cares to check them out. Quite the interesting airplane.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-26-2019, 06:10 AM
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Haven't checked out the videos; the following may be covered:

Switzerland was "neutral" (maybe, like Sweden, they sold to both sides!) during WWII. Thus, they confiscated war materiel (including Storch aircraft) within their borders (e.g., from emergency landings) during the conflict. Not sure, but I think the Swiss fitted the "contraband," 3 of the Storch aircraft, with skis, for mountain rescue, with success.

Maybe not; ain't sure.

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Unrelated anecdote, Storch-wise: I worked with a man who had landed his aircraft in Switzerland after battle damage/malfunction during WWII. He and his crew were interned by the Swiss for the duration. Not a bad time, said he; humane treatment, occasional passes into town . . . more comfortable than flying amid the Axis FLAK, I shouldn't wonder!

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Oh, yeah; here's about the Fieseler Storch in Swiss mountain rescue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1946_C..._Gauli_Glacier

And, MORE! https://web.archive.org/web/20110820...ch/history.htm
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The Kermit Meeks series focuses on an in-depth study of the aircraft, then you get to fly with him in it!

Interesting story on the Gauli glacier rescue operation!
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