Famous for its smooth short take off and landings (STOL), the Fieseler Fi 156 "Storch" was originally a German-built reconnaissance and communications aircraft manufactured before and during World War II. After the war, however, production continued in other countries into the 1950s. It is perhaps best known for helping the Germans successfully rescue deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943 - Operation Eiche - from a mountain surrounded by advancing soldiers.
A replica of a Czech Air Force "Storch" as it appeared in 1946, this 1/72 scale, die cast model features textured surfaces, a rotating propeller, glazed cockpit windows, realistic wing and landing gear bracing, authentic markings, and a display stand. Measures approximately 5¼" long with a 7¾" wingspan.