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Polikarpov I-16 Rata by Daniel-Wales-Images Polikarpov I-16 Rata by Daniel-Wales-Images
The lighting may not be fantastic but there was no way I was going to waste a sharp topside shot of this beautiful little fighter was there. :)
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Calilasseia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
I found an IL-2 Sturmovik to pair this up with.

Now seeing those two side by side in the air would probably make your day. :)
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014   Photographer
Though I would indeed love to see her and yes it would indeed make my day, week and year, the Sturmovik is on the other side of the Atlantic. She is the sole airworthy example of the type and belongs to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who bases her at Paine Field, Washington. Coincidentally, he also owns an I-16 so I'm sure that formation has or will occur at some point. 

Still, I cannot complain as we are rather blessed on this side of the pond too. We have had it pretty good in the UK to be honest when it comes to seeing rare and historically significant aircraft.

I mean where else in the world could you have seen two Avro Lancasters in the sky at one time, one having flown across the Atlantic to be part of the occasion, all in the same year that the Planes of Fame museum's extremely rare Boeing P-26A Peashooter was shipped over from the US to be part of a UK show and also two Douglas Dakotas also making the trip across to be part of shows in the UK and Europe. All this aside from the gems we already have flying regularly in this country and in mainland Europe. Yep we have it pretty good. :D
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Calilasseia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Good reason to save up for the air fare, if you receive intelligence that those two are going to fly side by side over there ... :)

Though of course, as you've already observed, we've had some spectacular sightings on this side of the Atlantic too. Those five Dakotas in line on the airfield will have brought tears to a good few veterans' eyes.

When that Sopwith Pup is 100 years old, seeing it fly on its centenary will also be special. I suspect you'll be there with the camera. :)
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2014   Photographer
Well one day I will make it across the pond and catch some of the gems they have there, that's for sure. But a testiment to just how good we've had it here is the fact that to be honest there are not too many "must sees" left on my list anymore. I think my list would only be 10-15 aircraft now. Everything else I've either already seen, is not currently possible to see or I can take or leave it.

Let me think, the ones I would love to see and have yet to, would be the following.

CAC Boomerang
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Douglas SBD Dauntless
Ilyushin IL-2 SturmoviK
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3
Polikarpov I-153 (i've seen an I-15 fly but not the I-153)
Focke-Wulf FW-190 (I've seen one of the reproductions in the air but want to see FHC's original example)

I'm sure there are a few more, but I can't think of any others except for a handful of the World War One reproductions I'd like to see that have been built down in New Zealand. 
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TheStrategos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Odd thing!
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demartinabi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Didn't know any of them were still flying!  Cool!!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014   Photographer
I can't remember quite how many, but there are a few dotted around the world that fly. All thanks to a collector down in New Zealand that managed to save some airframes that were left out in the Russian Tundra. There were something like 3-4 of them along with roughly the same amount of Polikarpov I-153 biplane fighters. Once restored they all flew together at the warbirds over Wanaka airshow down in New Zealand which I imagine was a hell of a sight. They've since headed all over the world to various collectors.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what a stout little machine!
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice shot. :)
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papaspades Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
interesting little guy. Looks very reminiscent of the 1930's Gee Bee. Bet that could turn on a dime too
 
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SamBlob Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
This must have madeCondor Legion pilots in biplane fighters crap themselves... until they got Bf109s.
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rainsilent Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
One of the most dangerous aircraft to fly. Completely unrecoverable if you got it into a spin and it rotated more than 3 times which it did very quickly. What made it worse was that it was very easy to spin. The price you have to pay for maneuverability is instability. Amazed to see one still exists. Would be just as amazed to see a 153 as it was the same aircraft except that the 153 was a biplane.

Absolutely amazing photo.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013   Photographer
Actually several of both types fly these days thanks to the work of the Alpine Fighter Collection down in New Zealand. I can't remember exactly the numbers but several I-16s and I-153s were found in the Russian Tundra and restored to airworthy condition down in New Zealand They have since found their way around the world but there was one spectacular airshow down in New Zealand where they all flew together I believe. to various collections. I have never personally seen one of the I-153s fly but I was lucky enough to see this I-16 and I have also seen an I-15 fly in the past too. Not technically part of the series but still a Polikarpov, I also get to see this fly from time to time too. namelessfaithlessgod.deviantar… namelessfaithlessgod.deviantar…
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rainsilent Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
No not exactly the same but they were very similar, at least air frame wise. Only truly big change or difference was the conversion of biplane to monoplane. I think the I-16 was basically the ultimate of that family lines. The 153 the ultimate of the 15. It may have been more accurate for me to say amazing to see someone fly one the way the Russian environment can preserve aircraft I didn't doubt there were a few frozen somewhere.

There are many Po-2's out there. I've seen one. Very interesting history during WWII. Great pictures by the way.
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t1m-50 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Man you don't see many WWII Russian aircraft around these days
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Gary--T Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like how the angle really shows off the "stubby" aspect of this unique aircraft. It has a very interesting appeal, it's not pretty like a Spitfire or P-51 but it has it's own deadly, utilitarian look to it.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Quite the stubby thing. It looks like you could easily roll it on its back by torquing up the engine to quickly.
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HYPPthe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Love these old Russian planes. Nice job with this photo.
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focallength Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Very cool. I've heard these things sound like a farm tractor in flight. :-)
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   Photographer
They do indeed, agricultural is definitely a word I would use to describe the sound, but then it is Russian, you could use the word to describe all of their aircraft. :D
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focallength Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Agricultural yes, but nearly indestructible and easy to maintain. :-)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beastly engine..
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I love these little birds. They're possibly one of the most adorable planes from the era....oh god that just sounds weird but hey, it's how it is.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   Photographer
If it's weird then I'm weird too, I agree with you totally, they are extremely cute little things. :)
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Oh good, I'm not alone in this!
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Draxdlh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Great picture of a rare plane.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They look so solid and powerful
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laloxxx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I love this plane, it looks like a toy, haha... grat photo!
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Somethingfake Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I adore this plane. I know some nicknamed it "The Rat" but did some call it "The Donkey"? I can't remember.

I know games aren't entirely accurate, but in IL-2 Sturmovik, I can flip this little thing all over the place, it's such a manoeuvrable plane. And some may disagree on this with me, but I think it's beautiful.
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent image! the I-16 is so cute x3
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done :thumbsup:

This plane always reminds me of a Chibi Airplane :O_o:
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Kitsch1984 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wonderful!
I can not photograph so well and then I invented a draw! You like it?
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Roddy1990 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
One of the best russian aircrafts from pre-WWII? :D
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010   Photographer
This was the first time I had the chance to see one of these in the air. I was amazed at how aerobatic it is. I know it is a fighter and of course they have to be able to maneuver but this thing seemed to think it was a Pitts.
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Roddy1990 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
That says a lot :wow:
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Captain-Sweden Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice fighter.
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Michaeldavitt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Writer
Wow great shot incredible !
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davepphotographer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!!! So good! Love the colours!
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PreyingJaws Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
This is a neat little rare aircraft with a history that includes the Spanish Civil War and operations in the Far East.
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I do like the capture. It comes across clean and properly exposed. Thanks for sharing it.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010   Photographer
I am aware of the aircrafts history and it's role in the Spanish Civil War. It just seems so ironic that it was performing at the show in 30 degree heat when in it's history it must have flown in such extreme low temperaturesin the east. I have seen some great pictures of the aircraft with special thermal covers to keep it's systems in order. I very much enjoyed seeing it fly and brings my total of Polikarpov aircraft seen in the skies to 3. I have seen the P0-2, i-15bis, and now the I-16. Now I would love to see a I-153 fly :D
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Kitsch1984 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Too... too much!! Wonderful!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010   Photographer
I take it that you like it then :D It was a truely wonderful sight to see her :)
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Kitsch1984 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
It must have been beautiful!!*

*With a little envy...
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Kitsch1984 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
WWWWWOOOOWWWWW....
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WuShock Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice shot! Even better considering the rarity of these aircraft.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010   Photographer
I think there are only four of them flying in the world. Two in the States with The Fighter Factory and Paul Allen's Fflying Heritage Collection. One in Spain and this one that resides in Germany. So yes she's rare :D Anyway thanks for liking :)
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
that is a very nice I-16 ^^

glad to see ya finally got to see one. wish the one here would do all the maneuvers that one did XD
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010   Photographer
I was very impressed with what the aircraft can do. Some of them menouvres were not much different from what Pitts can do. Maybe a little slower but still impressive. The light was a bit to harsh to get anything other than silhouettes for those particular shots, as you can see from this image it was pretty hard to expose. But I'm glad I saw it. Great noise they make too :D
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
i bet ^^
thats what that thing excelled at, maneuverability

and yeah, i have that problem a lot at Paine Field (since most of the time i'm shooting into the sun)

that one spew out the cloud of exhaust too? XD
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DavidPenney Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful image, stunning looking aircraft. Very well captured indeed mate.
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