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.
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…
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.
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.