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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} Russian biplane {{Battle-rating}}. It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Flight Performance ===
 
=== Flight Performance ===
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
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The {{Specs|name}} possesses a good turn radius, good climb rate and good acceleration at low altitudes. To fly this plane, you should climb to medium altitudes after taking off (2,000 - 3,000 meters) then accelerate to prepare for hot pursuit against enemy fighters and bombers.
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To get an enemy plane off your tail, it is best to simply do a turn and you won't get hit as the manoeuvrability of the plane is incredible. The plane's massive flaws are its low top speed and the incredible engine overheating.
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="8" | Characteristics
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|-
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! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
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|-
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,850 m)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
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|-
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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|-
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| 425 || 410 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 13.8 || 14.4 || 11.4 || 11.4 || 274
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|-
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! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
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|-
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,850 m)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
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|-
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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|-
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| 465 || 444 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 13.0 || 13.3 || 20.1 || 15.2 || 274
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|-
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|}
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====Details====
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="5" | Features
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|-
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! Combat flaps
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! Take-off flaps
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! Landing flaps
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! Air brakes
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! Arrestor gear
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|-
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| X || X || X || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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|-
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|}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="5" | Limits
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|-
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Combat flaps<br>(km/h)
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! colspan="2" | Max Static G
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|-
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! +
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! -
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|-
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| {{Specs|destruction|constructions}} || {{Specs|destruction|chassis}} || N/A || ~13 || ~6
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|-
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|}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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|-
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! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Rudder<br>(km/h)
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! Elevators<br>(km/h)
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! Radiator<br>(km/h)
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|-
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| < 180 || < 240 || < 380 || > 250
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|-
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|}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Compressor (RB/SB)
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Setting 1
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|-
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! Optimal altitude
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! 100% Engine power
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! WEP Engine power
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|-
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| 1,530 m || 840 hp || 1,023 hp
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Setting 2
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|-
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! Optimal altitude
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! 100% Engine power
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! WEP Engine power
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|-
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| 4,200 m || 800 hp || 975 hp
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|-
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|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
''Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured. Describe the armour, if there is any, also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.''
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''Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.''
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|ShKAS (7.62 mm)}}
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
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* 4 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, nose-mounted (700 rpg + 720 rpg + 520 rpg + 500 rpg clockwise from the top-left = 2,470 total)
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|FAB-50 (50 kg)|RS-82|RBS-82}}
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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* 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (200 kg total)
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* 8 x 82 mm RS-82 rockets
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* 8 x 82 mm RBS-82 rockets
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== Usage in battles ==
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The "Chaika" performs very well compared to other aircraft of a similar battle rating, such as the [[P-26A-34 M2]]. The Stealth belts of the ShKAS machine guns are devastating so try to research this first then go for survivability followed by suspended armament last. Typically as you won't have time to use these most of the time as you will be too busy blasting enemy planes out of the sky.
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Due to the plane's excellent manoeuvrability, carrying rockets is not a bad idea for those reasons. The advantage of carrying rockets is that any expert pilot can cause heavy damage to the enemy team with them since most players at rank 1 are inexperienced. The power of the rockets is feeble for ground purposes and will only damage a medium tank or pillbox even with a direct hit, so go for soft skinned vehicles such as self-propelled AAA or flak guns. The rockets can be used to destroy enemy bombers, especially large ones such as the [[F.222.2]], [[N.C.223.3]] or [[PBY-5_Catalina|PBY-5]]. However, the rockets are inaccurate, and thus require close-combat engagements and multiple salvos in order to have more chance to hit the target.
  
=== Defensive armament ===
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===Manual Engine Control===
''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available remove this subsection.''
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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! colspan="7" | MEC elements
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! rowspan="2" | Mixer
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! rowspan="2" | Pitch
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
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! Oil
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! Water
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! Type
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| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || rowspan="2" | Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || rowspan="2" | Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || rowspan="2" | Separate || rowspan="2" | Controllable<br>2 gears || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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== Usage in the battles ==
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===Modules===
''Describe the tactics of playing in an aircraft, the features of using vehicles in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view but give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).''
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{| class="wikitable"
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! colspan="2" | Flight performance
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! colspan="1" | Survivability
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! colspan="2" | Weaponry
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| I
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| Fuselage repair
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| Radiator
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| Offensive 7 mm
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| DZ-40
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| II
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| Compressor
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| Airframe
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| RO-82
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| III
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| Wings repair
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| Engine
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| New 7 mm MGs
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| IV
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| Engine injection
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| Cover
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|-
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
''Summarize and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Do not use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - they have a substitution in the form of softer "inadequate", "effective".''
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* Fast climb rate
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* Excellent manoeuvrability (Will out-turn ''any'' enemy aircraft it encounters)
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* Extremely difficult to target while it is making manoeuvres
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* The above point can make it hard to use boom and zoom tactics against this plane (if you see it coming)
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* Great at destroying bombers with a hail of rockets and machine-gun fire
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* Option to be equipped with rockets that can pierce up to 60mm of armour (Can destroy most enemy tanks in ground RB at the rank)
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* Very low stall speed
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* 4 x rapid firing ShKAS machine guns
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* Deadly with tracer belts
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* The ability to retract landing gear reduces parasitic drag, improving your energy retention
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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* Low speed compared to monoplanes
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* Frail airframe, can be destroyed or crippled with a few well placed hits
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* Loses a lot of performance if the engine is hit
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* A single machine gun round to the engine is capable of knocking it out
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* ShKAS machine guns prone to overheating
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* Defensive armaments of bombers can easily wreck this aircraft's engine
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* Vulnerable to boom and zoom, especially when climbing
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* Not suited to head on attacks
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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The I-153 Chaika (aka I-15ter) is the last biplane made by Polikarpov. Created in 1939, due to misleading results of Aerial Warfare in the 1937 Spanish Civil War, a meeting chaired by Stalin concluded that the Fiat CR.32 biplane was superior to the Polikarpov I-16 monoplane. A technologically superior [[Bf 109 (Family)|Bf 109]] that had been introduced was ignored, and instead, work on the new I-153 biplane was officially approved on 11 October 1937.
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The fuselage and wings of the I-153 were similar to those of the I-15 and I-152, with a steel tube framework, covered by metal at the front of the fuselage and fabric elsewhere. The manually operated retractable undercarriage rotated through 90 degrees before folding back into the fuselage. The first prototype was powered by a 750 hp M-25V engine. Its maiden flight is variously reported as having taken place in May or August 1938, with A. I. Zhukov at the controls. Tests that began on 27 September are variously described as state acceptance or factory trials. These tests weren't entirely satisfactory and production was delayed while some of the problems were solved. This plane is equipped The 800 hp M-62 was used in the largest number of aircraft, produced around 3,018 in total. The standard I-153 was armed with four ShKAS machine guns. These replaced the PV-1 guns used on the I-15 and I-152 and had a much higher rate of fire (1,800 compared to 750 rounds per minute) as well as being much lighter. The four underwing bomb racks could also carry up to 441 lb of bombs. The I-153 entered Red Air Force service in October 1938 and was soon thrust into combat in the Far East, where the Soviet Union was engaged in an unofficial war against Japan in Mongolia. The I-153 had a successful combat debut. Thirteen aircraft had been allocated to the 22nd IAP, and on 7 July 1939 nine were sent into combat with their wheels down. As had been hoped this convinced the pilots of a flight of Japanese Nakajima Ki-27 monoplanes that they were facing the I-15. Just before they entered combat the Soviet pilots raised their undercarriages and turned into combat. Four Japanese aircraft were claimed, although only two losses were acknowledged by the Japanese. Ninety-three I-153s were provided to China (a tiny proportion of the overall Soviet contribution to the war effort against Japan in 1937-1941).
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The I-153 saw combat during the Winter War against Finland (1939-1940), probably suffering heavy losses against the small Finnish air force.
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On 22 June 1941, the I-153 made up one-third of the Soviet fighter forces in the western parts of the Soviet Union, accounting for around 1,500 of the 4,226 fighters available at the start of the German invasion. A vast number of aircraft were destroyed in the first few days of the fighting, but enough I-153s survived for them to play a major part in the early part of the fighting, and they were responsible for most of the 800 German aircraft claimed between 22 June and 5 July. The I-153 remained in use as a front line fighter until early in 1942, but by then very few aircraft were still intact, having been lost in the air, on the ground and while acting as ground attack aircraft. The surviving aircraft remained in use in secondary roles into 1943, although they were also used as ground attack aircraft. By the middle of 1943, the Red Air Force only had 36 I-153s on its strength. A few remained in service in the Far East as late as 1945.
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=== In-game description ===
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"The I-153P 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) of the earlier I-15 fighter, as shown in the designation. The Chaika was considered to be the fastest biplane in the world. However, at the start of 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 attack roles.
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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. Test results were disappointing. By the third full rotation the I-153 would go into a flat spin; the engine would cease by the fifth formation, after which spin recovery would become extremely difficult. Lowering the landing gear in order to shift the center [sic] of gravity did not help. The Chaika still took a significant amount of time to recover."
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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== See also ==
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== Sources ==
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* [https://warthunder.com/en/news/2768/current/ [Vehicle Profile<nowiki>]</nowiki> Polikarpov I-153]
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{{USSR fighters}}

Revision as of 07:50, 26 October 2019

I-153 M-62 Chaika
i-153_m62.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.0/2.0/1.7BR
1 personCrew
2.1 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Shvetsov M-62Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
580 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 1
2 470 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombSetup 1
8 x RS-82 rocketsSetup 2
8 x RBS-82 rocketsSetup 3
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png830 / 1 035/710 / 886/260 / 324Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
× (100) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 0.7 Sl icon.png× 0.5 Sl icon.png× 0.1 Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian fighter I-153 M-62. For other uses, see I-15 (Family).

Description

GarageImage I-153 M-62.jpg


The I-153 M-62 Chaika is a rank I Russian biplane with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB) and 2.0 (RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight Performance

The I-153 M-62 Chaika possesses a good turn radius, good climb rate and good acceleration at low altitudes. To fly this plane, you should climb to medium altitudes after taking off (2,000 - 3,000 meters) then accelerate to prepare for hot pursuit against enemy fighters and bombers.

To get an enemy plane off your tail, it is best to simply do a turn and you won't get hit as the manoeuvrability of the plane is incredible. The plane's massive flaws are its low top speed and the incredible engine overheating.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,850 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
425 410 13.8 14.4 11.4 11.4 274
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,850 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
465 444 13.0 13.3 20.1 15.2 274

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
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N/A ~13 ~6
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 180 < 240 < 380 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,530 m 840 hp 1,023 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,200 m 800 hp 975 hp

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The I-153 M-62 is armed with:

  • 4 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, nose-mounted (700 rpg + 720 rpg + 520 rpg + 500 rpg clockwise from the top-left = 2,470 total)

Suspended armament

Main articles: FAB-50 (50 kg), RS-82, RBS-82

The I-153 M-62 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 8 x 82 mm RS-82 rockets
  • 8 x 82 mm RBS-82 rockets

Usage in battles

The "Chaika" performs very well compared to other aircraft of a similar battle rating, such as the P-26A-34 M2. The Stealth belts of the ShKAS machine guns are devastating so try to research this first then go for survivability followed by suspended armament last. Typically as you won't have time to use these most of the time as you will be too busy blasting enemy planes out of the sky.

Due to the plane's excellent manoeuvrability, carrying rockets is not a bad idea for those reasons. The advantage of carrying rockets is that any expert pilot can cause heavy damage to the enemy team with them since most players at rank 1 are inexperienced. The power of the rockets is feeble for ground purposes and will only damage a medium tank or pillbox even with a direct hit, so go for soft skinned vehicles such as self-propelled AAA or flak guns. The rockets can be used to destroy enemy bombers, especially large ones such as the F.222.2, N.C.223.3 or PBY-5. However, the rockets are inaccurate, and thus require close-combat engagements and multiple salvos in order to have more chance to hit the target.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe RO-82
III Wings repair Engine New 7 mm MGs
IV Engine injection Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast climb rate
  • Excellent manoeuvrability (Will out-turn any enemy aircraft it encounters)
  • Extremely difficult to target while it is making manoeuvres
  • The above point can make it hard to use boom and zoom tactics against this plane (if you see it coming)
  • Great at destroying bombers with a hail of rockets and machine-gun fire
  • Option to be equipped with rockets that can pierce up to 60mm of armour (Can destroy most enemy tanks in ground RB at the rank)
  • Very low stall speed
  • 4 x rapid firing ShKAS machine guns
  • Deadly with tracer belts
  • The ability to retract landing gear reduces parasitic drag, improving your energy retention

Cons:

  • Low speed compared to monoplanes
  • Frail airframe, can be destroyed or crippled with a few well placed hits
  • Loses a lot of performance if the engine is hit
  • A single machine gun round to the engine is capable of knocking it out
  • ShKAS machine guns prone to overheating
  • Defensive armaments of bombers can easily wreck this aircraft's engine
  • Vulnerable to boom and zoom, especially when climbing
  • Not suited to head on attacks

History

The I-153 Chaika (aka I-15ter) is the last biplane made by Polikarpov. Created in 1939, due to misleading results of Aerial Warfare in the 1937 Spanish Civil War, a meeting chaired by Stalin concluded that the Fiat CR.32 biplane was superior to the Polikarpov I-16 monoplane. A technologically superior Bf 109 that had been introduced was ignored, and instead, work on the new I-153 biplane was officially approved on 11 October 1937.

The fuselage and wings of the I-153 were similar to those of the I-15 and I-152, with a steel tube framework, covered by metal at the front of the fuselage and fabric elsewhere. The manually operated retractable undercarriage rotated through 90 degrees before folding back into the fuselage. The first prototype was powered by a 750 hp M-25V engine. Its maiden flight is variously reported as having taken place in May or August 1938, with A. I. Zhukov at the controls. Tests that began on 27 September are variously described as state acceptance or factory trials. These tests weren't entirely satisfactory and production was delayed while some of the problems were solved. This plane is equipped The 800 hp M-62 was used in the largest number of aircraft, produced around 3,018 in total. The standard I-153 was armed with four ShKAS machine guns. These replaced the PV-1 guns used on the I-15 and I-152 and had a much higher rate of fire (1,800 compared to 750 rounds per minute) as well as being much lighter. The four underwing bomb racks could also carry up to 441 lb of bombs. The I-153 entered Red Air Force service in October 1938 and was soon thrust into combat in the Far East, where the Soviet Union was engaged in an unofficial war against Japan in Mongolia. The I-153 had a successful combat debut. Thirteen aircraft had been allocated to the 22nd IAP, and on 7 July 1939 nine were sent into combat with their wheels down. As had been hoped this convinced the pilots of a flight of Japanese Nakajima Ki-27 monoplanes that they were facing the I-15. Just before they entered combat the Soviet pilots raised their undercarriages and turned into combat. Four Japanese aircraft were claimed, although only two losses were acknowledged by the Japanese. Ninety-three I-153s were provided to China (a tiny proportion of the overall Soviet contribution to the war effort against Japan in 1937-1941).

The I-153 saw combat during the Winter War against Finland (1939-1940), probably suffering heavy losses against the small Finnish air force.

On 22 June 1941, the I-153 made up one-third of the Soviet fighter forces in the western parts of the Soviet Union, accounting for around 1,500 of the 4,226 fighters available at the start of the German invasion. A vast number of aircraft were destroyed in the first few days of the fighting, but enough I-153s survived for them to play a major part in the early part of the fighting, and they were responsible for most of the 800 German aircraft claimed between 22 June and 5 July. The I-153 remained in use as a front line fighter until early in 1942, but by then very few aircraft were still intact, having been lost in the air, on the ground and while acting as ground attack aircraft. The surviving aircraft remained in use in secondary roles into 1943, although they were also used as ground attack aircraft. By the middle of 1943, the Red Air Force only had 36 I-153s on its strength. A few remained in service in the Far East as late as 1945.

In-game description

"The I-153P 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) of the earlier I-15 fighter, as shown in the designation. The Chaika was considered to be the fastest biplane in the world. However, at the start of 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 attack 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. Test results were disappointing. By the third full rotation the I-153 would go into a flat spin; the engine would cease by the fifth formation, after which spin recovery would become extremely difficult. Lowering the landing gear in order to shift the center [sic] of gravity did not help. The Chaika still took a significant amount of time to recover."

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USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
I-153  I-153 M-62 Chaika · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P Chaika
I-16  I-16 type 5 Ishak · I-16 type 10 Ishak · I-16 type 18 Ishak · I-16 type 24 Ishak · I-16 type 27 Ishak · I-16 type 28 Ishak · I-180S
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
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P-39  ▂P-39K-1 Airacobra · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 Airacobra · ▂P-39Q-15 Airacobra
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