About the I-16|
The tiny I-16 was far ahead of it's time when it first appeared in 1933. It featured a retractable landing
gear (manual crank mechanism), cantilevered wing, constant speed propeller and other design innovations
that had previously never been seen in a WWII fighter.
The first mass-produced I-16 appeared in WWII in 1934 as the Type 4 with a 480 h.p engine. After only
55 units were built, the type 5 emerged with a 725 h.p. engine. Production on the type 5 continued
into early 1939 with more than 3,289 aircraft being produced. The aircraft when through additional revisions
designated as the type 10, 12, 17, 18, 24, 28, and 29.