of the museum of Cuatro Vientos, Madrid
by Massimo Tessitori
Here is a small walkaround on the I-16 preserved in the wide museum
of Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid.
It is restored with post-civil-war markings on its right side, and republican markings on its left side.
|The engine cowling; the windows for cooling let see the engine inside.
Note the thickness of the cowling; inside there should be a rotating shutter
to close the windows.
Note the green prop blades.
|An image of the landing gear, whose internal parts are painted black.
The plane is mounted on a trolley.
|An image of the left side, with republican markings. On this side,
the plane is painted overall dark emeraldish green on its uppersurface;
although not original, the color accords to my idea of the dark green sometimes
utilized on Soviet I-16 and I-15bis.
The second image allows a comparison with the olive green utilized to repaint a Spanish I-15 Chato preserved aside the I-16, wing to wing.
|Two images of the left side, that allow to see the markings and some
details of the inside, that appears to be painted i light grey wuth green
instrument panel. The plexiglass is strongly made brown because of its
This view allows an easy comparison of the colors of both sides; the green shade of the blotches is the same of the left side.
|A detail of the tail; the wheel is of the trolley. Note the shaft connecting
the elevators, passing through an hole on the tail cone.
The second image shows a side view of the postwar livery, above a CR-32 Chirri.
|Two images of the postwar livery.|
|Two details of the cockpit. Unfortunately it was not allowed to pass the safety chain.|
|This is not the original plane, but a wide scale model. It is painted with post-civil-war markings on its right side, and republican markings on the left.|