|Type||I-16 Type 4|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||97.9|
|Power load (kg/hp)||2.03|
|Speed at 0m||395km/h|
|Speed at 4000m||455km/h|
|Guns||2*7.62mm PV-1 900rpg|
On May 1, 1935 I-16 Type 4 was presented to the public flying over the Red Square during the International Labour Day Celebration.
Despite being the best performing series fighter of its time, Type 4 meet somewhat cold reception by pilots. Accustomed to open cockpits, they argued against sliding canopy. Wide spread opinion was that it restricts view and head movement or even may trap pilot in case of emergency etc.
High speed of new fighter (compared with all biplanes and the contemporary I-14) was another concern. Indeed, handling of the M-25 powered aircraft required much concentration, and the I-16 with M-22 now appeared easy and fun to fly.
Increased takeoff and Landing Rolls made most of old airfields too short, and large scale construction works became a necessity with introduction of I-16 Type 4.
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