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The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such "introduced a new vogue in fighter design."[1] 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 Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such "introduced a new vogue in fighter design."[1] 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.

TOUCH cette image: On this day in Aviation 18 Nov 1939 by Francois Vebr

TOUCH cette image: On this day in Aviation 18 Nov 1939 by Francois Vebr

Vought FG-1D Corsair,Texas Flying Legends Museum.Having met performance challenges team altered Corsair for combat.Extra fuel tank behind engine moved cockpit aft & pilot looking down nose 14feet from prop.Limited vision on landing-dangerous on carriers.Add a tendency of l wing to drop on landing with wild bouncy landing struts a combination of frustrations that explains why “widow maker” became another moniker for Corsair.Teething problems seemed insurmountable until engineers found…

Vought FG-1D Corsair,Texas Flying Legends Museum.Having met performance challenges team altered Corsair for combat.Extra fuel tank behind engine moved cockpit aft & pilot looking down nose 14feet from prop.Limited vision on landing-dangerous on carriers.Add a tendency of l wing to drop on landing with wild bouncy landing struts a combination of frustrations that explains why “widow maker” became another moniker for Corsair.Teething problems seemed insurmountable until engineers found…

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