Polikarpov I-16

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Polikarpov I16
Lake of Constance hangar
Type Fighter aircraft, Military aircraft, Historical aircraft
Configuration Low wing aircraft, Cantilever-winged aircraft, Retractable gear aircraft
Propulsion Piston aircraft, Single-engine aircraft
Manufacturer Polikarpov
  • M. Kraus
  • Emmanuel Baranger (3D)
--aircraft= i16
Status 0.2.6
Supports Bombable
 Website The website for the Polikarpov I16 developments.
Download Download the aircraft package.

The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first cantilever-winged monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear. The I-16 was introduced in the mid-1930s and formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The diminutive fighter, nicknamed "Ishak" ("donkey") by Soviet pilots, prominently featured in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the Spanish Civil War where it was called the Rata ("rat") by the Nationalists or Mosca ("fly") by the Republicans. The Finnish nickname for I-16 was Siipiorava ("Flying Squirrel").


Currently only one variant is modeled in FlightGear:


This mini-howto is based on my personal experience flying this beautiful plane (sadly, only in FlightGear, never in real life...).

Please feel free to add content or correct whatever you think is wrong.

Start Up

  • Turn on the battery switch and both alternators. The switches are the first 3 from the left of the panel.
  • Start the engines turning the engine switches to the right (press ctrl-c to see the hotspots), and keep them pressed until the engine start.

Take Off

  • Flaps: 15° automatic with landing gear down.
  • Throttle: Full
  • Propeller: High RPM.
  • Mixture: Rich
  • Rotate: +75 kts.

Let the aircraft accelerate past 90 kts before retracting landing gear& flaps.


  • Flaps: up


Level the plane at desired altitude and trim the elevator. You should get to +200 kts in no time ;-)


  • Speed around 80 kts.


A circuit-landing on a short strip:

  • Touch down at 70~75 kts.

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