You are bidding on an AMAZING relic example of a WW2 Soviet Air Force Aircraft Rudder Section! Recovered off the Russian front during WW2, due to the shape and size, it is most likely for a Polikarpov I-16 or I-153!
The Polikarpov I-16 (Russian: Поликарпов И-16) is a Soviet single-engine single-seat fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world’s first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to attain operational status and as such “introduced a new vogue in fighter design.” The I-16 was introduced in the mid-1930s and formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The diminutive fighter, nicknamed “Ishak” or “Ishachok” (“donkey” or “burro”) by Soviet pilots, figured prominently in the Second Sino-Japanese War,the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, Winter War and the Spanish Civil War – where it was called the Rata (“rat”) by the Nationalists or Mosca (“fly”) by the Republicans.
The Polikarpov I-153 Chaika (Russian Чайка, “Seagull”) was a late 1930s Soviet biplane fighter. Developed as an advanced version of the I-15 with a retractable undercarriage, the I-153 fought in the Soviet-Japanese combats in Mongolia and was one of the Soviets’ major fighter types in the early years of the Second World War. Three I-153s are still flying.
Made of aluminum, fabric, ands teel, this Rudder Section is a SUPERB piece of history! Recovered from the Russian Front, it still retains 95% of the original camouflage paint! The Soviet Star is also present. Some obvious damage, bends, and breaks. It appears to have broken of at the lower rudder hinge attachment, so this is only the upper section of rudder. I am fairly confident this is from an I-16, but it is hard to determine, as the trailing edge features a lot of damage to the original shape. Measuring approx. 31″ x 19″ in overall size, it make for a FANTASTIC display! I have shown its location in the last 2 photos. Would make a PERFECT item for any collection, display, or restoration project!
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