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 (kg/m2) 135.0
Power load (kg/hp) 2.10
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

I-16 Type 29 by N.N.Polikarpov

38k color drawing, courtesy of Sergey Andreev

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

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