I-16 Type 29 by N.N.Polikarpov

38k color drawing, courtesy of Sergey Andreev

ntroduction in 1940 of new heavy 12.7mm UB machinegun triggered development of the Type 29, the last mass production version of the I-16. New synchronized weapon was installed under the engine. As a result the T-shaped air intake of the I-16 Type 24 airframe was moved to the starboard side (at ~7:30).
The Type 29 was the best equipped of the I-16 family - most of those aircraft carried radio (on the starboard mast or behind the cockpit) and gun camera on the top of the dorsal spin.
Variety of underwing weapons included bombs (general purpose, fragmentation, incendiary, chemical) and 4-6 RS-82 rockets. Some carried reconnaissance camera under starboard wingtip.

I-16 Type 24

  • "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 29
    Function Fighter
    Year 1940
    Crew 1
    Engines 1*930/1100hp M-63
    Length 6.13m
    Wingspan 9.0m
    Wing area 14.5m2
    Empty weight 1547kg
    Loaded weight1966kg
    Wing load 135.0kg/m2
    Power load 2.10kg/hp
    Maximum Speed (ground) 419km/h
    Maximum Speed at 3000m 470km/h
    Landing Speed 130km/h
    Turn time 16.0sec
    Range 440km
    Ceiling 9800m
    5000m 5.8min
    Guns 1*mg 12.7mm BS
    2*mg 7.62mm ShKAS 650rpg
    Bombs 200kg
    Rockets 4 or 6 RS-82
    Created March 17, 1998
    by Alexandre Savine
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