I.A.R. 16
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I.A.R. 16

Although evolved in parallel with the I.A.R.15, the I.A.R.16, which flew for the first time in 1934, was the first of Carafoli's fighters to feature an all-metal structure, this having plywood, fabric and duralumin skinning. It was powered by a 560hp Bristol Mercury IVS.2 nine-cylinder radial enclosed by a Townend ring and carried an armament of two 7.7mm Vickers guns. The I.A.R.16 was not developed further than a single prototype, bringing to an end Romanian fighter design for several years.

I.A.R. 16A three-view drawing (1280 x 864)

    Take-off weight1650 kg3638 lb
    Empty weight1224 kg2698 lb
    Wingspan11.70 m38 ft 5 in
    Length7.37 m24 ft 2 in
    Height2.80 m9 ft 2 in
    Wing area20.30 m2218.51 sq ft
    Max. speed342 km/h213 mph

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