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The Polikarpov I-15 (Russian: И-15) was a Soviet biplane fighter aircraft of the 1930s. Nicknamed Chaika (Russian: И-15Чайка, "Seagull") because of its gulled upper wings, it was operated in large numbers by the Soviet Air Force, and together with the Polikarpov I-16 monoplane, was one of the standard fighters of the Spanish Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, where it was called Chato (snub-nose) in the Republican Air Force, or 

Polikarpov I-15bis

"Curtiss" (because its resemblance to Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk) in the Nationalist Air Force.

Specifications (I-15 ) Edit

Polikarpov I-15 in flight

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.10 m (20 ft)
  • Wingspan: 9.75 m (32 ft)
  • Height: 2.20 m (7 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 23.55 m² (236 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,012 kg (2,231 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,415 kg (3,120 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × M-22 radial engine, 353 kW (473 hp)[14]

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 350 km/h (220 mph)
  • Range: 500 km (310 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,250 m (23,800 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 7.6 m/s (1,490 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 65 kg/m² (13 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.25 kW/kg (0.15 hp/lb)

Armament

  • 4 × fixed forward-firing 7.62 mm PV-1 machine guns or
  • 2 × fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm BS machine guns
  • Up to 100 kg (220 lb) of bombs or
  • 6 × RS-82 rockets
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