Focke-Wulf A 7 Storch
Type
Two seat sportplane
Engine
1 Argus , 1 Siemens Sh 4  ( from 1923)
Dimensions
Length 8.40 m, span 14.00 m
Weights
Empty 440 kg, flying weight 630 kg
Performance
Max. speed 100 km/h, service ceiling 3000 m
Type
Werk.Nr
Registration
History
 
1
D-264
First flight in nov. 1921,damaged in a storm after the first flight.Continued testing fo an Air certificate
in oct. 1922.Used as an Air Taxi from late summer 1923.Still registered to Focke-Wulf  in Febr. 1928. Flight
permission withdrawn in Febr. 1932. Totally over 3000 flights
The first post-war venture was a neat mid-wing monoplane built of wood, with wood and fabric covering, powered by a 50hp Argus engine. The tandem two-seat design was fitted with a fixed, braced undercarriage and had a crash pylon mounted above the forward cockpit. Construction of the aircraft, designated A 7 Storch (Stork), began in a Bremen cellar but was temporarily halted pending investigation by the Inter Allied Control Commission. After examination by a French officer, construction was allowed to continue, and was eventually completed towards the end of 1921. In November Georg Wulf took the aircraft up on its first flight, subsequently attaining an altitude of 650ft. The aircraft was later badly damaged on the ground by a severe storm. It was not until the summer of 1922 that the A 7 (almost certainly given the Werke-Nummer 1) was rebuilt, the airframe fitted with a 55hp Siemens Sh 10 five-cylinder radial. In December the machine was registered D-264 and allocated a German passenger licence. A demonstration of the aircraft in 1923 before Wulf's tutor, Professor Proell, led to a group of Bremen businessmen becoming interested in the work of the two airmen, and the eventual creation of the Focke-Wulf company.
A7 Argus-powered with Georg Wulf in cockpit