Sikorsky S-16 Biplane Replica

This aircraft is currently in storage.


Length:   19' 4"
Height:   9' 1 1/2"
Wingspan:   26' 3"
Empty Weight:   900 lbs.
Gross Weight:   1,490 lbs.
Speed:   75
Service Ceiling:   11,500'
Powerplant:   Le Rhone Gnome
Year:   1989, Original 1916-1923
Location:   Storage Hangar

Courtesy Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives

The S-16 was a two-place reconnaissance, escort and scout aircraft meant to support Ilya Mourometz bomber units in the Imperial Russian Air Service. It was the first Sikorsky fighter, and one of the first aircraft, with a machine gun synchronized to fire through the propeller without hitting the blades and was the first Russian fighter actually built in Russia. The 4-wheeled front landing gear was intended to deal with "soggy Russian fields" and the airplane could be equipped instead with a pair of skis for when those soggy fields became frozen during the harsh Russian winters.

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