Polikarpov I-153 Biplane

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Polikarpov I-153 WW2 fighter

 

Polikarpov I-153 History
The Polikarpov I-153 was designed in the latter part of the 1930's by Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov as a biplane fighter for the Soviet Air Force with an unusually low upper wing. As a fighter the Polikarpov I-153 was effectively obsolete when introduced in 1939, although manoeuvrable it badly lacked speed and should it enter a spin, the unfortunate pilot was un-lightly to recover from it. The necessities of war however resulted in the Polikarpov I-153 remaining in service and production until 1941, although relegated to a ground attack role.

Polikarpov I-15 M-22 Fighter Design
The design of the Polikarpov I-153 consisted of a steel framed fuselage skinned with aluminium and wooden fabric covered wings. The Polikarpov I-153's engine supercharger tended to fail between 60 and 70 hours requiring a complete engine change and the lack of a firewall in front of the Polikarpov I-153's cockpit gave rise to a reputation for severely burning it's pilots when damaged in aerial combat.

Polikarpov I-15 M-22 Biplane Specifications:

Crew: Pilot only
Length: 6.10 m (20 ft)
Wingspan: 9.75 m (32 ft)
Height: 2.20 m (7 ft 3 in)
Wing area: 21.9 m (236 ft)
Empty weight: 1,012 kg (2,231 lb)
Loaded weight: 1,415 kg (3,120 lb)
Engine: Single 353 kW (473 hp) M-22 radial engine (licence built Bristol Jupiter)
Maximum speed: 350 km/h (220 mph)
Range: 500 km (310 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,250 m (23,800 ft)

Polikarpov I-15 M-22 Fighter Armament: Four forward-firing 7.62 mm PV-1 machine guns or twin forward-firing 12.7 mm BS machine guns, Maximum of 100 kg (220 lb) of bombs or six non-guided RS-82 rockets

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