Polikarpov I-16

Written by Tom Jenkins On January - 31 - 2012 under Airplanes Comments Off on Polikarpov I-16

Apart from its opponents, the Polikarpov I-16 was never respected by anyone. It was designed and created by Nikola Nikolayevich Polikarpov and was a great advancement especially for the Russian Aviation Industry which was still rather infant. Although it may not have been the first to have a retractable landing gear, Polikarpov I-16 was one of the planes that survived even after the war. Specifically, it survived in Spain as late as the nineteen fifties.

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Ideas that his aircraft wasn’t worthy of others’ opinions might have frustrated the brilliant mind behind the creation of Polikarpov I-16. This project proved to be a major contribution to plane history. He started designing it in nineteen thirty-three, the maiden flight being taken in December that year. In spite of the fact that it is difficult to fly, its speed, rate of climb and high roll-rate quickly earned the production efforts. It was produced for five years, from thirty-four to thirty-nine and was reinstated into production in nineteen forty-one, the Russians building eight thousand six hundred and fifty units.

During the Spanish civil war, the Russian sent them five hundred units of Polikarpov I-16, which were clearly superior to the German and Italian fighters. The aircraft has a wingspan of 29 feet and half an inch, a length of 19 feet and 10 inches and is 7 feet and 11 inch high. It has an empty weight of three thousand, 2 hundred and fifty-two pounds while having a gross weight of four thousand, five hundred and forty-two pounds. It can reach a maximum speed of three hundred and twenty six miles per hour and has a range of three hundred and seventy-five miles.

Most of the Soviet Union aircraft’s at the time were mixed, Polikarpov I-16 being initially equipped with a seven hundred and ten horsepower Wright engine which provided a two hundred and seventy-two miles per hour speed in nineteen thirty-four, faster than any fighter at the time. Later, more horsepower was installed and the higher the horsepower, the harder it was to maneuver the plane. Every pilot who mastered the Polikarpov I-16 became extraordinarily fond of it, not because it was of a rather odd and rugged construction, but because it allowed them to bring out the best in themselves while also bringing out the best in the plane, giving the pilots the thrill of mastering themselves along with the beast.

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