“Steiglitz” means Goldfinch in English and
was a German primary trainer during World War II. It was
the first aircraft designed by Kurt Tank who later went
on to design the famous Focke-Wulf Fw-190 fighter. Introduced
in 1932, this aircraft had great performance and speed
for its type. It was a favorite of Ernst Udet, famous
stunt pilot and World War I ace with 62 kills. Udet demonstrated
the Steiglitz at airshows and later became Chief Inspector
of Design as a General in the Luftwaffe.
Built in great numbers
from 1932 until 1944, it was exported worldwide because
of its great performance and promotion by Udet. Today
nearly 50 survive with various Museums and private collectors.
learn about the personal history of our very own Focke
Wulf Fw-44 "Steiglitz" as well as comments from
Kermit Weeks, please visit our beautiful art deco facility
and old-fashioned hangars.