Cold War Relics in Bulgaria
2009-2010
Graf Ignatievo Air Base
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Stored MiG-21s awaiting disposal, some have their national markings painted out
In the foreground MiG-21PFM (68), MiG-21M (210) and MiG-21F (516)
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Left to right: MiG-21UM 'Mongol' (27, 21 & 19, 19 and 277).
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Left to right: MiG-21bis-SAU 'Fishbed' (317, 088 and 119).
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Left to right: MiG-21PFM (68), MiG-21M (210) and MiG-21F-13 (516).
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Left to right: MiG-21PFM (68), MiG-21M (210) and MiG-21F (516).

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Eight (April 2010) or nine (June 2009) 'anonymous' stored MiG-21bis-SAU's (reported as 727 (gone by 2010) 383, 324, 850, 127, 013, 249 and 370)
and one MiG-21UM (25) all with their serials painted out. They are now owned by an outside agency and awaiting disposal (see below).
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MiG-21bis-SAU 'Fishbed' (727 which had gone by April 2010), MiG-21bis-SAU (850) and a MiG-21UM 'Mongol' (25) all with painted out serials and national markings.
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Two MiG-21bis-SAU's (324, 127 and 383 x2) both with painted out serials and national markings.
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Three MiG-21bis-SAU's (013 x2, 249 and 370) all now with their serials and national markings painted out.

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Left to right: Antonov An-2 (026)
Imaculate Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21bis-Lasur (502)
MiG-19P (96)
MiG-19S (04 marked '681').
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Left to right: Aero L-29 Delphin (85)
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15UTI (199)
MiG-23BN (63).

Krumovo - Plovdiv Air Base
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Krumovo has a well presented collection of four helicopters outside its main buildings, another Mil Mi-4 (51) is just inside the main gate. Just outside the main gate of Krumovo is the impressive Bulgarian Museum of Aviation (Muzej na Aviatsyata i VVS)
Left to right: Mil (PZL Swidnik) Mi-2 (203), Mil Mi-1 (01), Mi-4A (44) and Mi-8T (301).

Dolna Mitropolia Air Base
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MiG-21PF (with faded serial '26' is really 40) by the main bulidings and parade ground.
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Technical School Ground Instruction (GI) outside the main hangars.
Left to right: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23ML (632) delivered in 1986 for GI,
MiG-21PFM (36) delivered in 1965.
MiG-15UTI two-seat ('121') previously at Kamenec lies dismantled behind the MiG-21.
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Outside the main buildings on base
Left to right: Aero L-29 Delfin (67),
MiG-17F (100)
MiG-15UTI two-seat (113)
MiG-17F (147) inside the main gate.

Sofia-Verazhdebna Air Base
A line up of six abandoned Mil Mi-2s (201, unmarked, 210, unmarked, 207 and 206).
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At least 20 Mi-2s were delivered to the Bulgarian Air Force from 1968.
Left to right: Mil Mi-2 (201, unmarked, 210 and another unmarked all white one, believed to be 215 and 216).
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Left to right: Mi-2 (207, 206, 207 and 210).
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Left to right: Mil Mi-2 (503 and 505), both previously with the Bulgarian Police (Policija).
Mi-2 (501?) the serial was covered.
Mi-17 (510) Gendarmeriya,
Antonov An-12P (reported to be 0901409 ex Soviet Air Force it is unmarked).

Bezmer Forward Operating Base
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Outside the main buildings is this small collection of former BuAF jets.
Left to right: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17F (030, 144 was on the gate),
MiG-15UTI two-seat (216)
Yakovlev Yak-23 (119)
Aero L-29 Delphin (79)
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Making sure that the Sukhoi Su-22M-4 'Fitter' (612) which was withdrawn from service a couple of years ago looks its best for its photo shoot.
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Su-22M-4 'Fitter' (612) taken with a 15mm lens from on top of some aircraft steps.
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Left to right: Su-22M-4 'Fitter' (612).
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Left to right: Su-22M-4 'Fitter' (612).