Technical data
Type I-16 Type 24
Function Fighter
Year 1939
Crew 1
Type M-62 M-63
Takeoff Power 920hp 1100hp
Cruising Power 800hp 930hp
Size (m)
Length 6.13
Wingspan 9.0
Wing area 14.5m2
Weight (kg)
Empty 1475 1490 -
Loaded 1878 1941 2115
Wing Load (kg/m2) 129.5 133.9 145.9
Power load (kg/hp) 2.35 2.09 2.27
Speed (km/h)
Maximum Speed (ground) 440 410 -
at 3000m 489 462 -
Landing 125 - -
Turn time (sec) 18.5 18.5 20.0
Range (km)
Practical ? 700 1100
Flight Endurance ? 1h42min 3h42min
Ceiling (m)
Maximum 10800 9700 9300
Climb (min)
5000m 5.8 5.8 6.0
Guns 2*mg (wing) 7.62mm ShKAS 900rpg
2*mg (nose) 7.62mm ShKAS 650rpg
Bombs 500kg
Rockets 4 or 6 RS-82

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);

Unlike 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;


I-16 Type 18

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  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.496;
  • 'Polikarpov Fighters in action, Part 2' by Hans-Herri Stapfer.
  • See the I-16 Links Page

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