Polikarpov I-16

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World War II aircraft
Polikarpov I-16
Polikarpov I-16
Variant of I-16
Type Fighter
Country of origin Russia
Manufacturer Polikarpov
Crew 1
Dimensions Wing span 29'6" (9 m)
Length 20'1" (6.13 m)
Height 10'8" (3.25 m)
Internal fuel 67 gal
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The Polikarpov I-16 in World War II


When Polikarpov I-16 was introduced into Soviet air forces in early 30th it was a revolutionary design. It was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status[1]. It was a backbone of VVS when Eastern front was opened in 1941. However at that point its performance potential was already exhausted and it was already planned to be replaced by a newer designs like Yak-1, LaGG-3 and MiG-3.

It was very small aircraft of 9m wingspan and 6.13m of length with rear weight bias making it difficult to fly and easy to fall into spin, also the recovery was easy. When British instructor had an opportunity to fly I-16, after landing the aircraft he was sweating heavily and commented "Let the Russians fly this airplane!"[2] I-16 was built in many variants. It engine was being constantly upgraded during from early 480 hp Shvetsov M-22 in type 4 variant up to 1,100 hp M-63 in late variants type 29. The armament was in constant evolution as well resulting in most heavily armed early war fighter aircraft.

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Aces High II aircraft
Variant of I-16
Type Fighter
Crew One
Aces High II loadout options
Package 1 2x 7.6mm ShKAS MG, 900 rpg
2x 7.6mm ShKAS MG, 450 rpg
Package 2 2x 20mm ShVAK, 90 rpg
2x 7.6mm ShKAS MG, 450 rpg
Package 3 1x 12.7mm UBS, 230 rpg
2x 7.6mm ShKAS MG, 450 rpg
Options 2x 20.5 gal drop tanks
6x RS-82 rockets
Aces High II Main Arenas
Earliest MA Early War
Typical perk cost 0 (Late War)
ENY value 30 (Late War)
Available on carrier no
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The Polikarpov I-16 in Aces High II

Engine Power

Aces High II Performance Charts

I-16 speed chart I-16 climb chart


What firepower?


Oustanding manuverability

Fighting in the Polikarpov I-16

Force him to go into a slow turn fight, like you would in an A6M

Fighting against the Polikarpov I-16

Just don't turn with him and your fine

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