Siberian aviarestavratory raise MIG-third of the swamp in the sky. Fighter of the Great Patriotic War lay in the water and very poorly preserved. Now — like new. Most of the details of the designers produced at a local factory. Before you get up on the wing, the plane goes through a thorough inspection.
This veteran of the battle did not go, but it will show the class into aviatsinno and Space Salon — it will take place in Moscow in mid-August. MIG has been involved in a large forum and then attracted an American collector who purchased it and. This time restorers again demonstrate the capabilities of the legendary fighter. In his time in the sky, he was faster than all the above.
This MIG instilled fear in Messershmity, Fiats and Junkers. More than half of downed enemy aircraft — the cause of his wings. Iron Bird was also very hardy: three thousand of the issued from the front back almost half — an enviable statistics for many other models.
Vladimir Badger, test pilot and director of the Institute of Aviation them. SA Chaplygin, "It is difficult to fly, even with my level, it is a complex plane. And they are at war, they were flying at night, flying in the clouds, to instruments, there are minimum. That is, it was quite a feat. "
Iron Bird was demanding in the fuel. Kerosene for her specially imported from Finland. Harder had with the engine, tell restorers, the heart of the aircraft they have borrowed from the donor.
Maksim Morozov, chief engineer for the flight test Company "Restoration": Restore the engine — it is more difficult to build than an airplane. And in America, keeping the engine from the Second World War. Straight engine in 1946. He came in a container placed.
In addition to flash, in all its glory will appear at the MAKS-16 — it is even older, thirty-ninth year of release. Siberian conservators restored it a few years ago. But the owner of New Zealand was careless — fighter crashed at an awkward landing. The machine is now back in service, and Russia no longer leave.
In pursuit of high maneuverability designers have tried to make I-16 as light as possible. The aircraft, in fact, wood: the fuselage — birch veneer and plywood frame — pine or ash. Light weight was very unstable in the air for that pilots did not like him. How to say then German soldiers on such a fighter can only fly the Soviet pilots.
During the war, even a special decree was: Driving a donkey — as he is affectionately called pilots — trust only the most experienced pilots. Igor Moseykin seen a lot, but I-16 to adapt himself with difficulty. Here and chassis to release or remove by hand, using a winch, the cabin at all open, no automation, navigation. Safety system — only a parachute on his back.
Igor Moroseykin, test pilot, "This is one of the high-speed aircraft, which has a speed at landing about 160 kilometers per hour, with a tail wheel, requires considerable attention, as everything is closed in front of the space and the space of only indirectly withstand lateral view, and approach, landing, during acceleration — the band is not visible. "
By Air and Space Fair restorers hurry to "revive" IL-2. It was he who took the baton from "donkey" and MIG and became for a time the main attack aircraft. All three models, despite their age, in good shape. But Moscow does not go their way. Disassembled they will be delivered by road.