In 1937, Focke-Wulf Fw.44J Stieglitz c/n 183 was built at the Focke-Wulf
factory in Bremen, Germany. The airframe was one of a batch of fifteen
originally Bremen built aircraft shipped to Argentina before the Second
World War and before the aircraft type was produced under license in
Argentina. The aircraft was registered LV-YYX in Argentina. In 1989, the
aircraft was acquired by Hans Dittes and returned to Germany. Permit to
fly as D-EHDH was given in August 1989, but the same year the Focke-Wulf
Fw.44J Stieglitz was sold in Belgium and registration D-EHDH was
cancelled. On 18 december 1989, the aircraft was registered OO-JKT with
Titeca in Belgium and based at Brasschaat airfield near Antwerp. In
1996, Focke-Wulf OO-JKT suffered damage in a heavy landing at Speyer in
Germany and finally the damaged aircraft was sold to Glenn Richard Lacey
and shipped to North Weald in the UK. On 11 February 2004, registration
OO-JKT was cancelled as exported to the UK. On 11 February 2004, the
aircraft was registered G-STIG in the UK with G.R. Lacey,
Epsom, and added to RLM Aviation at Fairoaks. RLM referred to 'Reichsluftfahrtministerium'
and the RLM Aviation collection was a collection of Luftwaffe aircraft, parts and
memorabilia. In 2005, the aircraft was restored in flying condition and painted in pre-WW II colours including registration D-2692.
In 2006, the RLM Aviation collection, including Focke-Wulf Fw.44J Stieglitz G-STIG, was bought by Peter Holloway,
a resident private owner and display pilot and moved to Old Warden. As
Old Warden in Bedfordshire, UK, is the home of the Shuttlewood
Collection, the former RLM Aviation aircraft wre known as the "Shuttlewaffe".
On 29 November 2006, Stieglitz G-STIG was registered with Peter Robert Holloway, Southam.
On 22 April 2010, registration G-STIG was cancelled as exported to the United States of America.
The aircraft was registered N183FW with Training Services Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, on 3 May 2010.
Focke-Wulf Fw.44J Stieglitz N183FW is part of the collection of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.