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quinta-feira, 23 de julho de 2015

Bulgaria - Aviation Museums and Collections

As mentioned before, part of the reason for going to the Batak dam in southern Bulgaria - see earlier post - was to visit the Bulgarian Aviation Museum situated next to Plovdiv airport, near Bulgaria's second city. The large collection of airplanes dating back to World War 2 types, takes you through the decades right up to recently used Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23's. All of the airplanes are parked outside; an air conditioned building houses exhibits going back to the founding days of the Bulgarian Air Force a century ago.

All very inviting if aviation and former Eastern Bloc planes attract you. To me the visit, the sunny weather and the three hours spent walking around, was most enjoyable!

Below are a few pictures, but to see the full size picture click on the links provided below so as to enjoy the airplanes in proper format. Thank you for looking.


fonte: @edisonmariotti #edisonmariotti http://anewad.blogspot.com.br/

Bulgarian Aviation Museum

Arado Ar 196

The Arado was used in World War 2 by the German Navy and some were provided to the Bulgarian Air Force for reconnaissance purposes over the Black Sea.

MiG-23

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 is a Russian built all purpose airplane provided to most of the former Eastern Bloc / Warsaw Pact / Communist countries of  Europe.


The collection of aircraft next to Burgas airport on the Black Sea coast, also warrants mention. A mixture of military and civilian aircraft.

Burgas Airport Collection

Mig-21

Antonov An-12



Below is the link to my entire Airplane-Pictures portfolio:-






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 (All images by Nicola Miller, reproduced with permission)
Abandoned planes and aircraft graveyards are popular subjects of urbex photography, decaying mechanical wonders that reflect an important component of 20th century history. Officially amuseum, this Cold War collection of fighter planes and helicopters at Burgas Airport is a hangover from Bulgaria’s membership of the Warsaw Pact, which saw the country operate mainly Soviet aircraft including various models of MiG.  It’s many years since these examples have seen active service and they now make for some great urban exploring.

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