The intention behind this project is to restore a Fieseler Fi 156
Storch to airworthy condition. The airplane will be based in Oslo
Norway, and offered for airshow organizations in northern Europe.
Tor Nørstegård runs the project together with a group
of volunteers. The group is closely linked to the organisation Warbirds
of Norway. The project started in 2006 with the restoration of three
Argus As 10C engines for static display. The work on the engines is
part of a deal with the Aircraft Museum at Sola and the Aircraft Museum
In 2007, a Storch with Werknr. 1816 was bought in USA. The Storch
was one of the last in a series of about 800 that was built at the
Morane Saulnier Puteaux plant north of Paris. In August 1944 when
the city was liberated, the partly completed Storch was left by the
Germans. Some time later the French stamped MS 500 S/N 43 on the blank
German data plate and set the manufacture date as 23 November 1944.
The Storch then flew with the French Forces during the last months
of the war. Thus it became a truly remarkable warbird being manufactured
by the Germans, but flown by the Allies. Following a military and
later civilian carrier in France as F-BJQB, the Storch came to the
USA in 1970 and was registered N44FS.
The aircraft was bought from USA partly restored following a ground handling accident.
In 2012 it was put on the Norwegian register as LN-WNS (Warbirds of Norway Storch). The non-profit restoration
project is made possible only by private funding and hands-on restoration
work done by volunteers. Further, the project is dependent on sponsoring.
New sponsors are greatly welcome.
The aim is to restore the Storch Werknr. 1816 to as near original
Fi 156 C-3 condition as possible. This includes an Argus As 10C engine,
original German instrumentation and equipment. The only major deviation
is its French Morane-Saulnier built fabric covered metal wings. At
present the plan is to give the Storch the identity of H3+BF from
a Storch that belonged to Stab Jagdfliegerführer Norwegen (Jagdgeschwader