Rapid return to the air for Swiss Storch

Wearing temporary registration SP-YRX, former Swiss Air Force Storch A-97 is seen on a test flight over south-easternPoland during earlyNovember.

On 4 November at Krosno airfield in south-eastern Poland, former Swiss Air Force Fieseler Fi 156 Storch A-97 made its first post-restoration flight just under a year after being lowered from the ceiling of the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne, where it had been displayed for more than 50 years. The historic reconnaissance machine has been restored by Aero-Kros, whose test pilot Jerzy Piekarz accompanied Krzystof Galus from the Polish civil aviation authority on the first flight.

Over the last fewmonths, Aero-Kros has renovated several examples of the Fi 156 for the Swiss Friends of the Fieseler Storch association, which is based at Oetwil am See, 13miles south-east of Zurich. For test-flying in Poland the Storch has been registered SP-YRX, but when it returns to Switzerland it will become HB-EHJ.