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  I-153 Chaika Serial Number 6316  
Russian Navy
2nd Aviation Fighter Squadron

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V.N. Smith 2000
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V.N. Smith 2000

Aircraft History
Built in 1938.

Wartime History
Crashed into a swamp near Murmansk.

Recovered in the early 1990s.

New Zealander Tim Wallis funded the restoration of three I-153s and six I-16s to an airworthy condition, including this aircraft. Painted in a mottled green camouflage pattern, as ZK-JKN and tail number '16'.

Shipped to New Zealand to the Alpine Fighter Collection at Wanaka. Registered in New Zealand on August 24, 1999. First test flight on September 30, 1999. Flown in during the Warbirds Over Wanaka 2000 and 2002 air shows.

Later, purchased by Gerald Yagen of the Fighter Factory and transported to Virginia during December 2002. Registered in the United States to Training Services Inc, on December 27, 2002.

Polikarpov I-153 Chaika - Fighter Factory
Kiwi Aircraft Images: Polikarpov I-153 by Phil Treweek

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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