Wednesday 6 May 2020

Polikarpov I-16 # 45 now with Kermit Weeks.

The Poliarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata ZK-JIP (c/n 2421645) was listed with the Alpine Fighter Collection at Wanaka on 09-10-1997 and first flew from Wanaka on 26-10-1997.
It was coded as number '45'.
I am sure you will have all observed that the c/n is displayed in white on the horizontal portions of the red star on the tail.
It is seen below at Wanaka on 16-01-1999.
Ownership was transferred to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum from 25-10-2001.
This is now known as the Commemorative Air Power Museum or just plain old CAF. 
It remained on the ZK register until 12-03-2002 and was then entered onto the US civil register as N30425 on 26-03-2002.
It was uplifted by Kermit Weeks of Fantasy of Flights of Polk City Florida and listed to him in 10-07-2019.

Check out this clip of the arrival of '45' at Kermit's man cave.

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