The L.O.O.T.M. Archive
Lust Object of the Month
This plucky little monoplane is the Polikarpov I-16. It was the first cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to go into service anywhere in the world. After decades with no flyable examples, a driven museum in New Zealand was able to acquire and restore a small flock.
Check here for more on the restoration process: http://www.nzfpm.co.nz/aircraft/i16.htm
With a 1000 HP engine and only 20 feet long, the I-16 is a a little hot rod and one of the least costly ways into the warbird fighter fraternity. At least three of them are in the US. And from what I hear, these little guys are really NOISY (only short strait stacks--no mufflers or collectors to silence the exhaust).
The LOOTM for April, the Polikarpov I-16. Enjoy . . . .
More great I-16 paint schemes here http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/f/317