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
|A three-view drawing (1280 x 864)|
| Take-off weight||1650 kg||3638 lb|
| Empty weight||1224 kg||2698 lb|
| Wingspan||11.70 m||38 ft 5 in|
| Length||7.37 m||24 ft 2 in|
| Height||2.80 m||9 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||20.30 m2||218.51 sq ft|
| Max. speed||342 km/h||213 mph|
Correction needed - Please read : "...and it established a new national altitude record..." instead of "...and it established a new world and national altitude record...".
On 16 July 1935, an I.A.R. 16, featuring an enclosed cockpit, piloted by Romanian Lieutenant Aviator Alexandru Papana, took off from Pipera airfield at 17.48 p.m. and it established a new world and national altitude record of 11,631 m (previous world record held by the Italian Cdr. R. Donati, who reached 14,433 m on 11 April 1934, while flying a Caproni 161), beating the previous national record of 10,518 m set up by the late Romanian Captain Aviator Romeo Popescu.
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