Zhukovsky's I-153 M-62
The I-153 'Chaika' is a very fast, very maneuverable, and very powerful Russian biplane. It has excellent performance at medium to low altitudes and can out-turn nearly every other plane in the air, in a flat turn. This aircraft is meant to reflect the Ace it was named after and has a special paint job to reflect that.
- Stay low to the ground, forcing people low with you, then try to engage in a turn fight
- Don't be afraid to lay on the trigger a bit, you have loads of ammo
- You can out turn nearly everything that you engage, use that to your advantage
- If someone is on your tail, it will be very easy to just pull out of their field of fire
- Try to boom and zoom him
- If you have cannons aim at the engine or wings
- Avoid turn fighting at all costs
- Maintain speed, height, or both if possible
- 4 guns, which is a great armament for a biplane
- Decent climb rate considering it's only a biplane
- Incredible rate of fire
- Very limited armor
- Low top speed
- Upgrade your engine for better performance
- Polish the fuselage to reduce air resistance
- Buy a backup plane for arcade mode
The I-153 Chaika (Seagull) was a Soviet biplane fighter of the 1930s and 1940s. It was created by the Polikarpov Design Bureau in 1938. It is a modification (3rd variant, hence "I-153") of the earlier I-15 fighter, as shown in the designation. The Chaika was considered the fastest biplane in the world, However, at the start of the hostilities between the Soviet Union and Germany, the I-153 could not compete on equal terms with the German Messerschmitt Bf-109 and therefore was mainly used in ground attacking roles.
For many years, Soviet pilots considered the I-16 to be the most dangerous aircraft in a spin. Therefore, when flight testing the I-153 with the M-25 engine in March and April of 1939, the VVS Command paid special attention to its spin characteristics. Initially, the matter remained unresolved. However, in the summer of 1939, when the new aircraft saw action against the Japanese in Mongolia, NII VVS returned to this crucial point. The tests were disappointing. By the third full rotation, the I-153 would go into a flat spin; the engine would cease by the fifth rotation, after which spin recovery would become extremely difficult. Lowering the landing gear in order to shift the center of gravity did not help, as the Chaika still took a significant amount of time to recover.