Sikorsky S-16

Designed by Igor Sikorsky as a bomber escort, the S-16 was the first Russian-built aircraft with a synchronized machine gun. The plane was small and highly maneuverable, but had a smaller engine than intended and was outclassed by German aircraft of the time.

The dual axle landing gear was designed for landings on rough ground and could be replaced with skis for landing on mud or snow. Several versions of the S-16 were produced with slight variations in engines and wing configurations. Some two seat models were produced and used as trainers.

This plane carries the markings of the Eskadra Vozdushnykh Korablei (Squadron of Air Ships), the world's first strategic bomber group.

Country of Manufacture Russia
First Year of Service 1915
Wing Span 27.5 ft | 8.4 m
Length 20.3 ft | 6.2 m
Height 9.1 ft | 2.8 m
Weight 1490 lbs | 676 kg
Engine Gnome 7 cylinder, air-cooled, rotary engine, 80 hp
Top Speed 75 mph | 120 km/h
Range unknown
Armament 1 Lavrov 7.7mm machine gun
Crew 1


Technical Notes:
Made with Autodesk 3D Studio Max - Airplane not including background, 46984 vertices, 53208 faces - All aircraft insignia are modeled as part of the mesh.
Historical Notes:
The instruments in the cockpit are conjecture.