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I-16 Soviet Air Force, USSR 

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I-16 Soviet Air Force, USSR

Historical Note:



Our worldwide searches have turned up another hot new collection of pre-assembled models for you, this one from comrades in Russia! Made of die cast metal with plastic detail parts, these Legendary Soviet aircraft cover everything from pre-WWII biplanes to late-20th century, Mach 2+ birds from Sukhoi and Mikoyan. The collection features:
  • Designed with a "fit the box" type of sizing, the models' longest dimensions vary from approximately 3 1/2"-6 1/2".
  • Airplane types from the 1930s through the end of the 20th century, which provides a fascinating retrospective on our ally-turned-Cold War adversary.
  • Display stands with aircraft types labeled in authentic Russian writing (Cyrillic).
  • Blister packaging.
  • Bargain pricing!

The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such "introduced a new vogue in fighter design." 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, nicknamed "Ishak", "Ishachok" ("Donkey", "Burro") by Soviet pilots, prominently featured in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the Spanish Civil War – where it was called the Rata ("Rat") by the Nationalists or Mosca ("Fly") by the Republicans. The Finnish nickname for I-16 was Siipiorava ("Flying Squirrel").

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Product Videos

Polikarpov I -16 Pilot Mark Hanna at Wanaka New Zealand 1998 (08:55)
The first public display of rebuilt Polikarpov I -16 WW II fighters displayed at the Wanaka Air Show New Zealand in 1998. Mark Hanna flew in Number. 4 which is shown in this video clip. Mark was killed after landing a Hispano Buchon ME Bf 109 in Spain in 1999 prior to displaying at an Air Show.
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