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Polikarpov I-16 
of the museum of Cuatro Vientos, Madrid
by Massimo Tessitori
Updated on April 11, 2009
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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 age.
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.

 
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