interest in aircraft has always been focused on Second World War
Aircraft of European History, and the pilots who flew these historic
The Slepcev Storch is a 3/4 scale version of the original, modified for simplicity, with dual controls and two seats in tandem.
His first prototype Slepcev Storch flew over 200 hours in the first 12 months and proved itself to be very reliable and great fun to fly. It is not meant to be a sleek looking aircraft. It is a war-bird, a robust paddock machine, capable of operating from short field runways. and modified from the original for easier construction. Scaled to 3/4, the Storch is easy to fly and capable of taking two people of average size.
The Storch has its own place in many historical events, one being the rescue of Mussolini from the now famous Italian resort of Campo Imperatore, 10,000 above sea level on the Gran Sasso mountain. After 12 months of seeking approval Nestor arrived in Italy in August 1996 to re-enact this historic event as a way to promote his aircraft, the "Slepcev Storch".
On 24 August 1996, almost 53 years to the day after the event took place, he landed his Slepcev Storch Mk4, with Rotax 912 motor, at Gran Sasso.
It had been manufactured at his factory at Beechwood, Australia in 1996 and shipped to Italy prior to his arrival. "The
high altitude, short area of approximately 70 meters of rough gravel
designed for my landing, obstructions of roads and buildings, and the
media and crowds of onlookers who had gathered for the occasion made
the event difficult but worthwhile."