Between the World Wars, many countries, even quite small ones, had their own aviation industry. In the Baltic state of Latvia, the most modern project was the Irbitis I-16 fighter. Only a few prototypes had been built when the Soviet Union occupied the country.

Wikipedia has more information. The Latvian Wikipedia entry is especially detailed - in case you are not fluent in Latvian ;-) the Google translation is quite readable.

Interestingly, it looks very much like the fictional enemy fighter in an early scene of the 1936 Science Fiction film "Things to Come".


IN: 1.08 w x 1.029 d x 0.618 h
CM: 2.742 w x 2.614 d x 1.57 h


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