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Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Plane's clever seat allowed gunner to face front or back

  • Cory Graff

The gunner, situated in the back of the FHC’s Fieseler Storch sat on a unique seat made to accommodate two positions. For regular flying (with the gunner facing forward) the plane has a standard flying seat with a bottom and backrest. When the gunner needed to turn around and use the plane’s MG 15 tail gun, the seat back was in the way. In order to get the gunner ready for action, the seat folds down, revealing a padded stool cushion affixed to the aft side of the seat back. This way, the gunner can fly with his legs facing aft, comfortably ready to fire the plane’s defensive weapon.

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