I KNOW that the "Chippee" as we referred to it isn't a WW2 fighter, but it IS the airplane that started my flying career in the RCAF back in '67. After 26.7 hours on it (to ensure I had the aptitude to eventually graduate) I went on to the Tutor jet trainer (as used by the RCAF Snowbirds demonstration team), then the T-33 on which I got my "wings".
I rode to Casa Grande yesterday for the "Cactus Fly-In", cloudy, windy, not too many aircraft yet, but there WAS a Chipmunk in RCAF colors, same as when I trained on it, so I took a pic or two.
I have checked my airforce log-book, and I didn't fly this particular one during my training, but pretty soon the owner came up to me to chat. I mentioned my training on them, and my 26.7 hours, so he asked if I would like to sit in it. Of course I said "YES!"
(DISCLAIMER: I still weigh almost the same as then - FIFTY years ago!!! - tho' SOME has moved to new places on my body; I am about 2" shorter; and I was NOT wearing a parachute yesterday.)
As always I was ATGATT, so I climbed up the wing, confirmed that I would step into the seat before settling-in, then did so... at which time the owner offered to take my pic. I handed my camera over, and smiled
MY but that is a MUCH smaller place than I remember. He asked if it looked 'familiar'. I admitted that, "NO" it didn't, and that HIS Chipmunk had, somehow, shrunk!
REALLY NICE day for an 'old pilot'....