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July 12, 2010
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Jul 11, 2010, 3:34:22 PM
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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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TheStrategos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Odd thing!
demartinabi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Didn't know any of them were still flying!  Cool!!
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.
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what a stout little machine!
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice shot. :)
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
SamBlob Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
This must have madeCondor Legion pilots in biplane fighters crap themselves... until they got Bf109s.
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.
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…
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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