This aircraft saw combat with JG26 in the Battles for France and Britain claiming five victories. On 30th Sept. 1940 it suffered engine failure in combat and belly landed near East Dean, Sussex. The pilot, Horst Perez, was shot, wounded and captured as he tried to exit the damaged plane.
I was looking forward to visiting the Flying Heritage Collection at PAE and wasn't disappointed. Super aircraft along with informative displays made the time waiting for the 'Luftwaffe Fly-Day' to start go very quickly. I'm not particularly interested in photographing aeroplanes preserved indoors but with an immaculate I-16 just sitting there what else was there to do! Incidentally, due to the backlit nature, this shot was taken with centre rather than multi-segment metering - makes a huge difference.
This aircraft was delivered to Aeronavale as WU-21 in 1952. It was damaged while landing, Mata Uti, Wallis Islands, South Pacific and stripped and abandoned in 1963. The hulk was recovered in 1984 and conveyed to Le Bourget for restoration
Two Meteor T.7's of 613 (City of Manchester) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, awaiting collection after the closure of the unit as part of the 1957 UK defence cuts which resulted in the total disbandment of the R.Aux.A.F. WA637 is furthest from camera.