Out at the CAF hangar today we were taking delivery of an unusual aircraft.
It’s a Fieseler FI-156D Storch, a German designed WWII aircraft.
This one was partially disassembled for transport to us from San Bernardino County, with the fuselage on one truck, the wings on another, and the propeller, horizontal stabilizer and other parts coming in separately.
It’s a fixer-upper (as many CAF aircraft are) but that’s what we do, and this aircraft will probably be flying again in 2-5 years, depending on our volunteer manpower, workload, and of course, funding.
To be honest , this aircraft is in MUCH better shape than some we’ve gotten. Some are 15-20 year projects, if we’re lucky. Here we at least have an engine and all of the major parts.
A peak inside the floor of the cockpit, showing the foot controls for rudder and brakes.
And the big picture at the firewall, engine mounted to the left, controls and cockpit on the right.