Now first off, I'm not in any way, shape, or form defending the flight model of the I-185 that we have currently in-game. In fact, if you've talked to me before, you would know that I'm pretty quick on calling out the I-185 as a UFO and probably the worst flight model in the Russian tree currently. However, this has nothing to do with the real-world misconceptions that I'm about to list out.
- The I-185 is a paper plane.
The I-185 was a design that had at least 5 prototypes(3 prototypes, if you only count the actual airframes used), almost all with different engines - M-90, M-81, M-82, M-71, and a final 'standard settler' prototype with another M-71 engine. The M-90, M-81, and initial M-71 all shared the same airframe.
- The I-185 has made up performance numbers.
- The I-185 was a garbage plane and an utter failure in real life.
The problem with the plane was that the M-71 was an underdeveloped engine that was extremely unreliable, and the M-82 engines were already needed for the production of the Lavochkin La-5 which was already being planned for. This combined with the fact that the I-185 utilized considerably more duralumin than the La-5 and was not quite as simple to switch production to as the La-5(essentially a LaGG-3 airframe with an M-82 engine) made Russia go with the design of the La-5.
In short, the I-185 was NOT rejected due to performance.
If I forgot any points that you guys would like me to address, please let me know and I'll add it. I'm making this topic quite early in the morning and I'm a little tired, so I can't be sure that I remembered to put everything that I originally intended to write.
Source: Soviet Air Power in World War 2 - Yefim Gordon
Edited by CrouchingWalrus, 04 March 2014 - 10:41 PM.