Polikarpov I-16 Type Rata
Polikarpov I-16 Type Rata
Photo of the Polikarpov I-16 a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first cantilever-winged monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear. The I-16 was introduced in the mid-1930s and formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The diminutive fighter prominently featured in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Spanish Civil War where it was called the Rata (Nationalists) or Mosca (Republicans), and the Battle of Khalkhin Gol. The Finnish nickname for I-16 was Siipiorava ("Flying Squirrel").
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Everett, WA
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Photographer:
David Schultz

Polikarpov I-16 Type Rata

Photo of the Polikarpov I-16 a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first cantilever-winged monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear. The I-16 was introduced in the mid-1930s and formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The diminutive fighter prominently featured in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Spanish Civil War where it was called the Rata (Nationalists) or Mosca (Republicans), and the Battle of Khalkhin Gol. The Finnish nickname for I-16 was Siipiorava ("Flying Squirrel").
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Date:
Location:
Everett, WA
Photographer:
David Schultz