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BULGARIA

Република България (Republic of Bulgaria)
(up to 1990 People's Republic of Bulgaria)

Revised: August 2010

In service

Since 1989 up to day
Operational: 16

Quantity

June 1989 - September 1990: 18 MiG-29 (9-12A) and 4 MiG-29UB (9-51) from Soviet Union
In total: 22 MiGs in 1989 and 1990
Losses:
1994: MiG-29 #25 destroyed

Units

1989-2000: 1 Iztryebitelna Aviatsyonna Eskadrila, Ravnetz near Burgas
Since 2000: 2 Iztryebitelna Aviatsyonna Eskadrila, Graf Ignatievo near Plovdiv
2010: 3rd Air Base, Graf Ignatievo near Plovdiv

Bort numbers

MiG-29: 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
MiG-29UB: 01 02 03 04

Between 2005 and 2008 some aircrafts changed numbers! New numbers in 2005: MiGs-29UB #12 (former #02) and #33 (#03). In 2007 MiGs-29UB #11 (#01) and #14 (#04). In 2008 MiGs-29 #37 (#27), #38 (#28) and #39. I really don't know why they changed numbers.
01 -> 11
02 -> 12
03 -> 33 (should be 13, but they are supersticious)
04 -> 14
27 -> 37
28 -> 38
29 -> 39 (not for sure)

Remarks

MiG-29 #25 destroyed in 1994


Since 2004 Bulgaria is in NATO. Annual international exercises in Graf Ignatievo and Bezmer air bases.

In 2002 there was a tender for overhauls 16 MiGs: FGUP RSK "MiG", Elbit (Israel), EADS (Germany), 558th ARZ (Belarus) and IAI (Israel) - won by MiG. Due to lack of money, MiGs were overhauled not till 2007 in Bulgarian repair plants "Temer" and "G. Benkovski Plant" in Plovdiv with cooperation and under direction of the RSK "MiG" specialists; first flights in November (#32) and December 2007, end of modernization about Summer 2009. Life durability extended from 2000 to 4000 hours or 40 years. Still painted in original standard camouflage - yes, I know that sounds a little incredible, but many good quality photos from May 2010 shows that overhaul didn't mean re-painting (or they were painted in exact the same shapes and colours).

2009: for the first time in years, Bulgaria start training of a new pilots: six for Graf Ignatievo and another six for Bezmer air base (where is the joint American-Bulgarian military training facility and big American base stablished in 2006).

Summer 2010 status: sixteen aircrafts are refurbished and flightworthy: 11 12 14 15 16 17 18 23 24 26 32 33 37 38 39 and probably #25.

April 2012: MiG-29UB #11 crashed near Plovdiv, during Thracian Star 2012 exercise with the US F-16s from Aviano. Pilots ejected safely.


MiG-29 #15, Bulgaria 1989.


MiG-29 #22, Bulgaria 2007.


MiG-29UB #33 (former #03), Bulgaria 2007 (Sentry Lion exercises).


products/nb/ncamouflage2010 status
9-12A 2960526321 15 2-tone standard in service
9-12A 2960526322 16 2-tone standard in service
9-12A 2960526324 17 2-tone standard in service
9-12A 2960526325 18 2-tone standard in service
9-12A 2960526333 19 2-tone standard not in service (?)
9-12A 2960526334 20 2-tone standard not in service (?)
9-12A 2960532035 21 2-tone standard not in service (?)
9-12A 2960532036 22 2-tone standard not in service (?)
9-12A 2960532377 23 2-tone standard in service
9-12A 2960532379 24 2-tone standard in service
9-12A 2960532380 (81?)25 2-tone standard in service (?)
9-12A 2960532382 26 2-tone standard in service
9-12A 2960532383 27 2-tone standard in service as #37
9-12A 2960535100 28 2-tone standard in service as #38
9-12A 2960535101 29 2-tone standard in service as #39 (?)
9-12A 2960535102 30 2-tone standard not in service (?)
9-12A 2960535103 31 2-tone standard not in service (?)
9-12A 2960535104 32 2-tone standard in service
9-51A N50903013375 01 2-tone standard in service as #11
9-51A N50903013394 02 2-tone standard in service as #12
9-51A N50903018908 03 2-tone standard in service as #33
9-51A N50903018945 04 2-tone standard in service as #14

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