SAL'S POLIKARPOV I-16
Model Airplane News|December 2020
Valery Chkalov Red Five

The Polikarpov I-16 (Russian: Поликарпов И-16) was a Soviet single-engine single-seat fighter aircraft of advanced 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.

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