Birds of veterans

Birds of veterans

I-16 at the time of starting the engine. July 17, 2011 g.na airfield "Mochische", which is located in a suburb of Novosibirsk, flight tests have been restored Soviet single-piston fighter monoplane 30s-16s.

Birds of veterans

Aircraft I-16 Polikarpov design II in the mid 30s of last century was the fastest and maneuverable fighter in the world. In its flight tests involved Heroes of the Soviet Union, Valery Chkalov and Vladimir Kokkinaki.

Birds of veterans

Such a scene could well be the case in the 37th.

Birds of veterans

Cab-16. It was in this cabin sat Valery Chkalov first time picking up the bird in the sky.

Birds of veterans

The first flight of the world's only flying IL-2. This attack aircraft in the following year anniversary - 70 years. During the war he was defending the western borders of the Soviet Union. In the 42nd Anti-aircraft shell hit in the heart of the aircraft - the engine - on the hood of a scar from that wound. But he fell to the ground and into a swamp. Slough and rescued the pilot and the machine itself. The pilot got out, and methane, and iron-predator swamp "mothballed." In 2005, the IL-2 raised. In perfect condition remained almost 40% of the parts. The rest - the restorers rebuilt Novosibirsk. Among the ground forces of the enemy aircraft was nicknamed "Black Death".

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In wartime aircraft had a short life. Issued in a hurry, they often have a miserable life - 30 flight hours. But some fell to the lot of a happy lot - a second life, a peaceful and long.

Birds of veterans

After the command "of the screw" the plane begins to accelerate. Growl piston engine (Allison) is simply not to transfer, you will not hear the sound of this already, it is a separate acoustic rarity!

Birds of veterans

Due to the typical profile of IL-2 was nicknamed "humpback" Unfortunately this is the only instance of a flying attack aircraft originally vosstanavili for the collector from the United States.

Birds of veterans