Technical data
Type I-153
Function fighter
Year 1939
Crew 1
Engines 1*1000hp Shvetsov M-62R
Wing Span Upper 10.00m
Lower 7.50m
Length 6.17m
Height 2.80m
Wing Area 22.14m2
Weight Empty 1452kg
Maximum 2110kg
Speed 444km/h at 5600m
297km/h at 2000m
Ceiling 10700m
Range 470km (880km with 100l external tank)
Climb 3000m/3min
9000m/13.2min
Armament 4*ShKAS mg7.62mm (I-153BS, 1939)
2*UBS mg12.7mm (I-153P)
2*ShVAK g20mm (latest models)
bombs 100kg
6 RS82/RS132 "Katusha" rockets
some had reward-firing RS's !

I-153 / I-15ter Chaika (Sea Gull), N.N.Polikarpov


60k B/W, bombed up for close support mission, photo TASS from 'Ground attack' by Christopher Chant;

After the Spanish civil war, the USSR wrongly concluded that there would be a role in the future for a maneuverable biplane fighter. The I-153 was a refinement of the earlier I-15 and I-152 with retractable landing gear; the gull-wing of the I-15 was employed.

(B/W 43k or 240k) A N.N.Polikarpov I-153 pilot prepares for his next mission at an airfield typical of those on the open steppes of Mongolia in the summer of 1939. Camouflage net casts less of a telltale shadow than solid cover. The GAZ track with Husks starter was used to start the airplane's engine.
(From the article "Soviet fighter on three fronts", Aviation History, July 1995)

In first line service until 1943! As almost all Soviet fighters, was used for ground attack in the early days of the war.

Some were fitted for reward-firing RS-82/ RS-132 to keep German fighters away.

3437 built.



More Links...
  • I-153 'Chaika'
  • I-153, Polikarpov
  • I-15ter, Polikarpov
  • I-153 model page by Dariusz Tyminski
  • DOO Flightsimulator page by Oleg Devjatkin;
  • I-153 memorial at Sukhoj AVPK (Cyrillic)


  • Modifications/Developments :

    Modified January 25, 1996 Back to
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