I-16 Fighter


I-16 (TsKB-12) "sixteenth fighter" (colloquially - "Ishak", "Ishachok") - the Soviet single-engine monoplane fighter of the 1930s, created in the Experimental Design Bureau of Soviet aircraft designer Nikolai Polikarpov. One of the first in the world series-production monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear. He became the founder of a new type of combat aircraft - high-speed monoplane fighters.

 

The emerging of the I-16 led to a review of not only established views on the design of fighters, but also changed ideas about the tactics of their use and the organization of air combat.
The aircraft had a mainly wooden structure and plywood skin.

 

The I-16 was designed to be aerodynamically unstable (it had a relatively short fuselage of a shape close to teardrop-shape), based on the popular hypothesis at that time that unstable frame aerodynamics would positively affect fighter maneuverability in combat.

The baptism of fire for the I-16 was the Civil War in Spain, then the fighter participated in the conflict at Khalkhin Gol, in the Winter War with Finland and in World War II. For high maneuverability, German pilots nicknamed this Soviet fighter a "rat" or "fly." During the war, the I-16 aircraft was used until 1944. In January 1943, the Soviet pilot Golubev shot down two of the latest German FW-190A fighters with his "Ishachok".

 

I-16 fighter was constantly modernized: during the serial production more than ten modifications of this aircraft were made.

 

JSC “U-UAP” carried out repair of these aircraft in the period from 1939 to 1941.

 

 

Sources: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%98-16

https://militaryarms.ru/voennaya-texnika/aviaciya/i-16/

I-16 Fighter


I-16 (TsKB-12) "sixteenth fighter" (colloquially - "Ishak", "Ishachok") - the Soviet single-engine monoplane fighter of the 1930s, created in the Experimental Design Bureau of Soviet aircraft designer Nikolai Polikarpov. One of the first in the world series-production monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear. He became the founder of a new type of combat aircraft - high-speed monoplane fighters.

 

The emerging of the I-16 led to a review of not only established views on the design of fighters, but also changed ideas about the tactics of their use and the organization of air combat.
The aircraft had a mainly wooden structure and plywood skin.

 

The I-16 was designed to be aerodynamically unstable (it had a relatively short fuselage of a shape close to teardrop-shape), based on the popular hypothesis at that time that unstable frame aerodynamics would positively affect fighter maneuverability in combat.

The baptism of fire for the I-16 was the Civil War in Spain, then the fighter participated in the conflict at Khalkhin Gol, in the Winter War with Finland and in World War II. For high maneuverability, German pilots nicknamed this Soviet fighter a "rat" or "fly." During the war, the I-16 aircraft was used until 1944. In January 1943, the Soviet pilot Golubev shot down two of the latest German FW-190A fighters with his "Ishachok".

 

I-16 fighter was constantly modernized: during the serial production more than ten modifications of this aircraft were made.

 

JSC “U-UAP” carried out repair of these aircraft in the period from 1939 to 1941.

 

Sources: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%98-16

https://militaryarms.ru/voennaya-texnika/aviaciya/i-16/