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Polikarpov Fighters in action Pt. 2 - Aircraft No. 162 Paperback – January, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897473558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897473552
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 11.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent and vital Squadron Signal Publication profile of Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov's monoplane designs which for their time, were technologically well advanced. The German Heinkel and Italian Fiat biplanes could not compete against the "Mosca" Polikarpov machines! The Germans had to bring forth the Bf 109 to gain air superiority over Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War. This volume focuses on the monoplane variants that evolved from the biplane designs dealt with in part 1. As the other reviewer points out, there is an abundance of black and white photos, line drawings, color profiles and thorough supporting text that discusses key design features of the aircraft. These profiles are excellent for aviation enthusiasts and historians and model builders will find the line drawings and color profiles useful. I highly recommend these Squadron Signal Publication profiles! See also. Polikarpov Fighters in Action, Pt.1 - Aircraft No. 157. and from Osprey Publishing, I recommend. Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces (Aircraft of the Aces). Also of potential interest: Spanish Republican Aces (Aircraft of the Aces). which highlights the Polikarpov monoplane history during the Spanish Civil War.
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When it first appeared in 1933, the Polikarpov I-16 was the most modern fighter in the world, featuring a monocoque fuselage married to a low cantilever wing, retractable landing gear, and enclosed cockpit. Several thousand were subsequently built, and quickly became the Soviet Air Force's primary front-line fighter type. The aircraft saw combat in Spain, China, and Finland, but by the time Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 the type was thoroughly obsolete. Losses were enormous, and continued to be so until the type was retired from front-line service in 1942. Hans-Heiri Stapfer, in his "Polikarpov Fighters in Action Pt II" takes a close look at this interesting fighter aircraft. He begins with the development of the TsKB-12 prototypes before moving on to production models. Models are differentiated and lots of photographs are provided, as are three-view line drawings, illustrations, and two pages of color prints. Combat histories are discussed including the experimental mating of I-16 fighters mounted under the wings of a Tupolev TB-3 bomber. In all, this is a good work on one of the most important Soviet fighters of the early war period.
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