Aviation Photo #5899501 Polikarpov I-16 Type 12 - Russia - Air Force

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The Polikarpov I-16 is a Soviet single-seat fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to attain operational status and as such "introduced a new vogue in fighter design." 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" or "Ishachok" ("Donkey" or "Burro"), the Rata ("Rat"), Mosca ("Fly").
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