GERHARD FIESELER and the Gerhard-Fieseler-Plants, located in Kassel

The namesake for the Fieseler Stork, Gerhard Fieseler, was a German aircraft designer, art pilot and industrialist, born in 1896 in Glesch, a district of
the city Bergheim. In 1926 he came as a partner and flight instructor to the "Raab-Katzenstein airframes" to Kassel, where he also died in September 1987.

During the Zurich aerobatic competition in 1927, Fieseler secured the world record in the inverted flight with 10:56 minutes. For this flight he modified his
"Schwalbe" with special tanks and carburetors.

In 1930, Gerhard Fieseler, thanks to his prize money from the aerobatic competitions, acquired the "Segelflugzeugbau Kassel". This then got the new name
"Fieseler aircraft"; from 1939 then Gerhard-Fieseler-Werke.

In the early years of his aircraft factory Fieseler devoted himself to the construction of inexpensive sports aircraft. In 1932, the famous F-2 "Tiger" was created in his own factory, with which he won the aerobatic world championship "Coupe Mondiale d'Acrobatie Aerienne" in June 1934 in Vincennes near Paris.

This competition heralded the end of his aerobatic career. Today, the aerobatic figure "Turn" is still reminiscent of its successes, which is also called the Fieseler maneuver in professional circles.

Like many companies in the Third Reich, the Fieseler Werke were also used for the NSDAP. However, Gerhard Fieseler was dismissed in 1943 as an operator due to "political inadequacies".

As a designer, he was no longer active at this time, but always personally took over the first flights. He also had significant influence on the design specifications for the design of new machines.


Gerhard Fieseler, the Kassel aerobatic pilot and aircraft manufacturer, has accumulated a considerable amount of real estate assets. In 1987 he died at the age of 91
years. A foundation manages its homes and properties and supports charities in Kassel and the surrounding area.

Gerhard Fieseler has commissioned the foundation to preserve the assets and to support charitable institutions. Donations are financed from the income as the
entertainment of the Real estate. Every year about 150,000 euros are distributed in the region.

The Fieseler Stork

The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch is a propeller-driven aircraft, which first flew in 1936. It was designed and built in the Gerhard Fieseler works in Kassel by tender for a short takeoff and landing aircraft with slow flight characteristics. The stork, as he was known for his long-legged chassis, was the standard courier and liaison aircraft of the German Luftwaffe during World War II. He was also used as observation and Ambulance. The engine was delivered to the Air Force, Finland, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland.

The structure is equipped with fixed slats across the entire span, statically balanced slotted ailerons with Flettner rudder over half the span and large flaps. This makes for good slow-flight and STOL capabilities. The wings can be folding in on and off-road transport by 90 ° backward. A generously glazed cab allows excellent visibility. Designers of the machine were Dipl.-Ing. Reinhold Mewes and his staff who were employed at the Gerhard Fieseler works since 1934.

The first flight was on 10 by Gerhard Fieseler May 1936 on the airfield of Kassel Waldau performed, which then transferred but the actual flight trials Typeneinflieger. Even in the early days was a machine while rolling to break when she was captured and knocked over by crosswind. Then the suspension for significantly more track was laid.

The construction of the stork enables an extremely low minimum flying speed under 50 km / h Thus reducing the demands on takeoff and landing distances. To start the stork enough into the wind at 50 meters, 20 meters to land. With appropriate headwind the stork could also be in the air or, with respect to the ground, even move backwards.

A spectacular use of a Fieseler Stork was the company "oak", the liberation of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from Gran Sasso d'Italia on 12 September 1943.

International recognition gained the storks than 19 November 1946, a Douglas C-53 Skytrooper the USAAF accident in Switzerland on Gauligletscher. All 11 people on board survived the crash. The complex rescue attempts of all Americans fell through, but with the storks of the Swiss Air Force for five nights, the victim could be saved.