The Stork: Below are two pictures of the famous Fiesler Storch, A WWII German light observation aircraft. Taken last month at the Collings Foundation hanger, this was the first time I was able to get uncluttered pictures of the plane up close. This particular Storch is only one of three known to be airworthy in the U.S. and was regularly used in reenactments at the airfield. Nearly 3,000 of these were built in various countries between 1937 and 1949 and later (for the MS 500 model). The oft-copied plane was famous for its STOL characteristics (e.g., the ability to take off and land in nearly twice its own length). You may recall that it was this plane that Otto Skorzeny used to rescue Benito Mussolini on a mountain top on orders from Adolph Hitler. After WWII, Storches saw military service with the Spanish and Swedish Air Forces until the late 1950’s while wartime Czechoslovakian and French factories produced the aircraft for the civilian market.