below: VEF I-16. This is an ex-Latvian fighter that was designed by Karl Irbitis. In the 1970s,
Mr.Irbitis published a book about his career entitled 'Of Struggle and Flight - The Story of
Latvian Aviation'. The Germans were interested in his aircraft, I think mainly as a potential
trainers for Luftwaffe fighter pilots. However, again, I don't think they followed through with
plans to mass produce the VEF I-16 or any of his other designs. This photo is actually from the
Czech publication L+K, issue 11/95. The photo is in color, but may have been hand-tinted after
the fact. The color scheme is correct according to information that is available.
below: A series of photo's taken of the Latvian VEF I.16. They were published in an unknown Dutch aircraft magazine (via J Vd Heuvel/LEMB)