I-16 - Soviet single-engine monoplane fighter of 1930s created by aircraft designer Nikolai Polikarpov’s design bureau. It was the one of the world’s first fighters with landing gear retraction system. It was I-16 which stood the air fighting against famous Messerschmitt Bf 109.
Over a period of its history I-16 was upgraded a lot. New modifications of aircraft were created and adopted almost every year. I-16 type 24 was further development of I-16 type 18.
I seem to remember something mentioned about an I-16 last time I was on the ED forums, which was admittedly long ago. Don’t recall if it was just a “mod” thing at that point or what. Either way, hype is nice and all that, but probably not as nice as being able to build something like that with near radio silence. No one can complain about delays if they don’t even know it’s there to be delayed in the first place.
Also, probably not the same folks, but there was something about a Stuka, so maybe a wild Ju-87 will also appear from someone one day
I have followed that I-16 project for some years now, I thought it was common knowledge that it is in development and by whom.
There has been a development update thread on the english ED forums (by a user named Plexus) since 2014.
I mostly followed the Russian thread though, it had more updates.
They have been slow (DCSW has quite a learning curve) but I think the first time Wags mentioned the I-16 was in 2016 or 2017.
Glad to see they made it. Their FSX addons have a good reputation IIRC.
The I-16 is not a port though, their FSX planes were IIRC the L-13 Blanik glider, the An-2 and the PZL-104 Wilga
I think the I-16 can be pretty effective in DCSW.
Many people fly very low, something the P-51 and BF-109K are actually not that good in.
If they risk a turning fight with the I-16 it is game over for them.
The Ju-87 d-5 and/or g-2 was polychop, i don’t know what exactly has become of them, besides the name change so not sure that is one we’ll see shortly. Work was starting on that back in 2015 so who knows