Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces

Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces cover

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The I-15, I-16 and I-153 fighters were the world's first mass-produced fighters. Some 17,000 Polikarpovs had been manufactured by the time production ceased in 1941. They served with the Republicans in the Spain, the Chinese against Japan in 1937–38, and the Soviets against both Japan in the Nomonhan Incident and Finland during the Winter War. By 1941, more than 20 Soviet pilots had made ace in Polikarpovs, and many more attained that status during the first months of the German invasion. Though thoroughly outclassed, the Polikarpov was the backbone of the Soviet air force during the early months of the war in the east, and continued to serve, as training aircraft and as frontline fighters, some right through to 1945.

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Published Feb 20 2013
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472801616
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 80 b/w; 40 col
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 95
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Postlethwaite

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