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Picture of Polikarpov I-15 WW2 Fighter

Known as the Chaika ("Seagull") the Polikarpov I-15 was a high performance biplane fighter designed by the "King of Fighters" Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov, the fighter first flew in October 1933 and when production ended a total of 3,313 aircraft had been produced, the Soviet Air Force being the prime user. Although having a good performance when built and designed by the start of WW2 the Polikarpov I-15 had effectively been made obsolete by the new cantilever mono-plane fighter designs of both the Allied and Axis air-forces, consequently the 1,000+ Polikarpov I-15 still operational were utilised in the ground attack role.

Polikarpov I-15Fighter Plane

 

The picture above is of a Polikarpov I-15bis, this was the most numerous I-15 variant, it was fitted with a more powerful 570 kW (775 PS) Shvetsov M-25V radial piston engine and modified upper wing designed to give the pilot a less obstructed view.

Polikarpov I-15 M-22 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 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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