New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

On the 17th of July flight tests of the restored Soviet fight monoplane Polikarpov I-16 were held at the Mochische airdrome.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The first flight of the prototype was made by a test pilot on the 30th of December, 1933.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The basic materials are wood, aluminum and constructional steel. The plywood covering of a wing was made from cloth and then covered with multi-layered aviation lacquer. The power set of the tail assembly and ailerons consist of aluminum.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The landing gear was removed manually by turning a winch steering wheel (44 turns).

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

From 1934 to 1942 years, 10,292 models of I-16 aircrafts were manufactured.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

1301 copies of I-16 airplanes were produced at the Novosibirsk aviation factory.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

A dashboard.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

Firstly a cabin was closed, then open. This change was partially forced: lanterns were of rather bad material and it worsened the pilots’ vision. Moreover pilots complained because they used to fly with open cabins.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The airdrome “Mochische” is located 15 km from Novosibirsk.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The Mil Mi-2.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The Ukrainian Aeroprakt A22.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The first Soviet serial helicopter Mil Mi-1.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

The Mil Mi-2 “SPAS 001”.

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

New Life of the Soviet Monoplane

Location:Mochische

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16 thoughts on “New Life of the Soviet Monoplane”

  1. Bloody good job. This aircraft was nicknamed “Ishak”, i.e. “Donkey” because of peculiar reaction on controls. Is it MiG-3 in the background?

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  2. Just testing see if it´s possible to write some comments here without “waiting for moderation” forever and then dissapere..

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  3. Nice plane. These were some of the best in their day. Unfortunately when the Germans came after the USSR they were obsolete. Good to see one flying again.

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  4. Old Aircraft are awesome! There’s so much out there about American, British, and German planes but not a whole lot on old Soviet Craft. Thanks for posting.

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