View Full Version : what the deuce is the I-185

04-13-2004, 08:24 PM
I've heard, or seen it's supposed to be in FB, but i've never seen it in game...am i just blind?

04-13-2004, 08:24 PM
I've heard, or seen it's supposed to be in FB, but i've never seen it in game...am i just blind?

04-13-2004, 08:49 PM
it will be included in the upcoming patch, due for release in a fortnight

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04-13-2004, 09:22 PM
Next, try to find any information on this plane...I got nuthin' from the internet, but maybe I'm not using the right 'keyword'.

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04-13-2004, 09:43 PM


---> http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en

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04-13-2004, 09:52 PM
Its the evolution of the I-16.

A prototype aircraft, the I-185 did see combat with one unit on the Eastern Front for a time. It was very fast and was designed for high speed much like the FW190. More of a BNZ aircraft...

It never got mass produced because Polikaprov fell out of favor with Stalin and the Yak and La designs were chosen instead.

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04-13-2004, 09:52 PM
from http://www.aviation.ru/Po/

I-185 - A wooden fighter monoplane, designed around the new M-90 engine. Later the M-81, M-71 and M-82 were tried; finally the 2000hp Shvetsov M-71 was selected, and the I-185 found itself abandonded together with this engine. Several built and used in combat in 1941. Design 1941.

I-185-M-90/R -
I-185-M-81/RM/02 -
I-185-M-82A/I/06 -
I-185-M-71/04 -

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04-13-2004, 10:12 PM
Some added info from various web sources - short, but I think we get the idea of what's coming:

"Further development offered several directions to follow. The first of them was to install a more potent powerplant - the one at hand was the M-71. Unfortunately, this engine was not yet mature. This, combined with the other non-technical reasons - was the cause of the failure of N. N. Polikarpov's I-185 fighter, which in 1942 exceeded the performance of all its Soviet contemporaries including the La-5."

"Polikarpov's design entries, the I-180 and I-185, had good aerodynamic qualities but suffered from trying to utilize unreliable advanced high performance radial engines. Several test pilots, including the famous Valeriy Chkalov, were killed in crashes while testing Polikarpov's I-180 and I-185 designs. This further removed Polikarpov from Stalin's patronage and the forefront of Soviet fighter design. Other designers like Alexander Yakovlev and Semyon Lavochkin rose to prominence. Polikarpov contracted cancer and died in March 1944, an embittered, frustrated man."

I-185 Etalon
3 x 20mm cannon
or 2 x 12.7mm & 2 x 7.62mm MG
radial 1,900hp 422mph


04-13-2004, 11:12 PM

04-13-2004, 11:17 PM
Trace the roots back far enough, and it has a relation to the I-17.


04-13-2004, 11:31 PM
It's an I16 on steroids and i want 5 of em under a
... and 3 on top... LOL then ya get me....

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