I-16 Type 24 by N.N.Polikarpov

12k I-16 Type 24 with skis and gun camera on top of the dorsal spin (lost WEB link);

nlike the I-16 Type 18, which was and intermediate variant with M-62 engine, the Type 24 was built in substantial numbers. New modification had strengthened structure, more rigid wing. The lone external difference was an inspection hatch on the rear starboard fuselage. Inside it carried more powerful M-63 engine, but...
I-16 Type 24 increased weight consumed almost completely added engine power. Its performance was slightly worser that of its predecessor, as was revealed during the State Trials in early 1940.
Some early batches of the Type 24 were powered with M-62 engine. All production aircraft had underwing wet points for 200l external tank, because the M-63 fuel consumption cut 'internal' range down to 440km...
I-16 Type 24 destroyed on the ground in June 1941, Air Force Herald magazine;


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  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.496;
  • 'Polikarpov Fighters in action, Part 2' by Hans-Herri Stapfer.
  • See the I-16 Links Page
  • Technical data
    Type I-16 Type 24
    Function Fighter
    Year 1939
    Crew 1
    Engines 1*800/920hp M-62 1*930/1100hp M-63
    Length 6.13m
    Wingspan 9.0m
    Wing area 14.5m2
    Empty weight 1475kg 1490kg -
    Loaded weight 1878kg 1941kg 2115kg
    Wing load 129.5kg/m2 133.9kg/m2 145.9kg/m2
    Power load 2.35kg/hp 2.09kg/hp 2.27kg/hp
    Maximum Speed (ground) 440km/h 410km/h -
    Maximum Speed at 3000m 489km/h 462km/h -
    Landing Speed 125km/h - -
    Turn time 18.5sec 18.5sec 20.0sec
    Range - 700km 1100km
    Flight Endurance - 1h42min 3h42min
    Ceiling 10800m 9700m 9300m
    5000m 5.8min 5.8min 6.0min
    Guns 2*mg (wing) 7.62mm ShKAS 900rpg
    2*mg (nose) 7.62mm ShKAS 650rpg
    Bombs 500kg
    Rockets 4 or 6 RS-82
    Created March 17, 1998
    by Alexandre Savine
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