Luftwaffe Day 2012 – Flying Heritage Collection

Well Saturday August 11th, 2012 was the day German World War Two fighters, a Messerschmitt Bf-109E and Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5 were meant to fly at the Flying Heritage Collection – Luftwaffe Flying Day. Alas things didn’t quite work out as planned!
Messerschmitt Bf-109E Flying Heritage Collection USA
Messerschmitt Bf-109E
Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5 Flying Heritage Collection
Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5

The Bf-109 was ruled out due to technical problems, so it was replaced in the flying schedule by a Fieseler Fi-156 Storch (Stork). The Storch is a German World War Two Liaison aircraft with an incredible Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capability. 

Flying Heritage Collection Luftwaffe Day 2012 FW-190 BF-109 Storch
The Fw-190, Bf-109 and Storch
Although not as exciting as a fighter the Storch is a cool aircraft. The Luftwaffe aircraft then headed out for takeoff.
The FW-190 heading out for take-off
Then more problems occurred! Out on the tarmac waiting to take off, the FW-190 stopped and headed back – technical problems too! You can not risk such rare warbirds, especially those that are around 70 years old!
FW-190 Flying Heritage Collection Everett Paine Field Washington USA
Abort take-off and return to base
The Storch got airborne without a hitch. The pilot of the little liaison aircraft put on a great display. Highlighting the short take-off and slow speed capabilities perfect for observation work etc at the front.
Fieseler Fi-156 Storch
Fieseler Fi-156 Storch takes off
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Flying Heritage Collection USA
The Storch makes a “high speed” pass
Fieseler Fi 156
The yellow markings were used on the Eastern Front to avoid friendly ground fire
Although the Storch took to the air without any problems, unfortunately the woes for FHC didn’t stop there. The Storch blew a tyre on landing!!!
Storch blows a tyre tire Luftwaffe Day Flying Heritage Collection 2012
The Storch lands. Note the rather flat tyre on the left side.
Luckily the US Marine Corps kind of saved the day with their 5 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets that were at Paine Field on an exercise! Oh and a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner that was on a test flight from the nearby Boeing Factory!
US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet Paine Field 2012
Here come the Marines!
USMC F/A-18 Hornet
Throwing off some heat out there!
Boeing 787 Dreamliner All Nippon Airways
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
It was sort of  funny though watching a 70 year old World War Two vintage Fieseler Storch with a flat tyre out on the tarmac preventing 4 US Marine Corps Hornets from taking off! 
US Marine Corp F/A-18 Paine Field Everett Washington USA
The Marines just have to wait!
Fiesler Storch US Marines F/A-18 Hornet Luftwaffe Day 2012
OK the Storch is being moved

They eventually got a dolly on the offending tyre and pushed the Storch back into the hangar for repairs (all on board were safe as it lands very slowly and stops in a very short distance). The Marines could then take off without any drama…”OOH-RA”!!!

Fiesler Storch Flying Heritage Collection Luftwaffe Day 2012 Flat Tyre Tire
Moving the Storch back to the hangar (note the little dolly trolley on the offending tyre)
US Marine Corp F/A-18 Hornet afterburner takeoff
The Wing Commander let’s the afterburner rip!
US Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Preparing for take-off
USMC F/A-18 Paine Field Everett Washington 2012
Here comes the fifth Hornet
US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet take off
The Hornet is away!
Despite all the setbacks it was a fun day!

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