Reinhold Mewes, Erich Bachem, and World War I ace Gerhard Fieseler teamed to design the Storch which could land and take off from just about anywhere. The Fieseler Storch was to meet a 1935 army requirement.
The frame was built with steel tubing. Wood comprised the tail and wing. Everything was fabric covered except the tail which was covered in wood.
The canopy was under the high wing and protruded out over the fuselage making for excellent viewing. This however also made the plane vulnerable to ground fire.
The wing had slotted ailerons and flaps which were advanced for its time. The outer parts of the wings could be folder for storage.
The undercarriage legs were long travel and could handle rough strips. It could land and take off in 200'. If the conditions were just right it could land in 50'.
Since the landings were so short, a tailskid, instead of a tail wheel was used. If the wind was just right, a pilot could keep the Storch nearly motionless in the air.