One of the most renowned Tiger Moth exponents gives his expert verdict on its Focke-Wulf contemporary
As a pilot who has flown DH Tiger Moths for more than 40 years including displays, instructing and several long-distance flights, it was a privilege to fly a Focke-Wulf Stieglitz. Having done so, I see it as an outstanding aircraft in all respects.
All Tiger Moth pilots are well aware of its comparatively ineffective ailerons, so it was delightful to feel the Fw 44’s response in roll. The aircraft is an extraordinarily agile machine and has the feel of a thoroughbred racehorse. The controls are light and well-harmonised and the 160hp engine gives ample energy for aerobatics, especially as it is a very ‘slippery ship’. Designed in 1929, this remarkable aircraft’s roll control is pleasingly effective, right down to stall speed and below.