Author Topic: Soviet Carrier Force in WWII  (Read 9172 times)

Offline Weaver

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Re: Soviet Carrier Force in WWII
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2013, 09:20:35 AM »
Yeah, I think so.  It has everything to do with the wing configuration on the I-15 and I-153.  It's easy enough to address, but they would need to have the straight wing of the I-15bis and I-152 to have sufficient visibility down and forward for carrier landings.

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Logan

Having given it more thought, I agree with this. You could always have a hybrid "I-152.5" fighter with the conventional top wing for vision and the I-153's retractable gear for speed, while the dive-bomber would be an I-152 with a beefed-up structure, dive brakes and fixed gear to make space for the bomb.
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Offline Weaver

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Re: Soviet Carrier Force in WWII
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2013, 09:31:30 AM »
If they clung to biplanes for some reason (conservatism? Small carriers?), they could get another round of development by navalising this:



Basically an I-153 with a Shvestov M-88 14-cyl radial (never got beyond a prototype IRL). It'd need an I-152 top wing, of course.
"I have described nothing but what I saw myself, or learned from others" - Thucydides

"I've jazzed mine up a bit" - Spike Milligan

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