Ikarus Kurir: The Storch’s very long shadow.

The kurir (Courier) was a two/three-seat light cabin monoplane designed in the middle 1950’s to meet a Yugoslav Army requirement for an aircraft suitable for liaison, army observation and ambulance. All that with Short take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities. Its designers didn’t have too look very far to find inspiration. The Kurir is in fact a sort of scaled-down Fieseler Storch, but of all metal construction. Like the Fi-156, these neat little things turned out to be quite handy and beloved. The around 145 built served efficiently with the Yugoslav Peoples Army until 1972 when they’re replaced by helicopters. After that, the military released them to civilian aeroclubs where they were used mainly as glider-tugs.

A standard production DM-6R powered Kurir all down and dirty, just like another little stork.

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