Sikorsky S-16

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Sikorsky S-16
Sikorsky S-16 biplane front.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Sikorsky
Designer Igor Sikorsky
First flight 6 Feb 1915[1]
Introduction early 1916
Primary user Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built 34[1]
Engine 80-100hp Gnome rotary or
80-100hp Le Rhône rotary
Armament various single sync. or top-wing fixed guns
Max Speed 125 km/h (78 mph) to 153 km/h (95 mph)[2]

The Sikorsky S-16 was a small fighter meant to escort the Ilya Mourmetz giant bombers on their attacks. It was built by Sikorsky's company Russio-Baltiisky Vagonny Zavod, or R-BVZ; later renamed the Russo-Baltic Aircraft Plant (Avia-Balt). Though only produced in small numbers, it was an important and well-liked plane for Russia, though its production was held back by limited supplies (and limited horsepower) of rotary engines. The first of three prototypes was completed in January 1915, but the production series was not deployed until about a year later. They served from 1915 through the Russian Civil War, fully retiring only in 1924. The S-16 flew with wheels, skis, and a wide variety of guns. It could be flown as a single-seater or an observer could come along, squeezing in uncomfortably behind the pilot.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sikorsky S-16.

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
16Q1-18Q4 XC B 14 ? 7

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Durkota, p.303.
  2. Mikheyev, p.23.
  • Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
  • Vadim Mikheyev, Great War Aircraft in Profile 1: Sikorsky S-16. USA: Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-8-3