Bulgaria

Country Profile
 

Republic of Bulgaria
(Republika Bǎlgarija)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
13 July 1878
Capital City:
Sofia
Total Area Ranking:
105 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
99 of 242 in the World
Status:
current

The Country

Geography

The Republic of Bulgaria is located in the eastern portion of the Balkan Peninsula in South Eastern Europe. It borders Romania to the north, the Black Sea to the east, Turkey to the south east, Greece to the south, Macedonia to the south west and Serbia to the west. The border with Romania is largely defined by the River Danube which flows through a fertile plain. Crossing the centre of the country east-west lie the Stara Planina mountains which drop steeply to the south into to broad river valley overlooking the broad Plain of Thrace. A range of even higher mountains in the south west reaches up to 2925 m (9600 ft).

Bulgaria occupies an area of 110,994 km2 (42,683 sq miles) and has a population of 8.4 million (2000 data) which comprises 85% Bulgarians, 9% Turkish, 3% Macedonian and 3% Romany. Some 84% of the people are Bulgarian Orthodox, 13% Muslim, 1% Roman Catholic, 1% Jewish and 1% other faiths. The capital city is Sofia.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Bulgarian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Bulgaria
Yahoo Bulgaria page
wikipedia: Bulgaria
wikipedia: History of Bulgaria
Bulgaria.com History Page

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Bulgaria.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration seqence B-BAAA onwards was used between 1923 and 1929, eg: B-BEPK. The registration sequence LZ-AAA onwards has been used since 1929, eg: LZ-BTX.

An incomplete all-time Bulgarian civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (1906-Present)
Naval Aviation (1959-Present)

Historical military air arms-
Naval Aviation (1915-1918)
German Air Units Supporting Bulgaria in the First World War
German Air Units Supporting Bulgaria in the Second World War

Central Government Agencies

Agricultural Aviation Agency
Border Troops
Government Aviation (Bulgarian Government Aviation)
Military Sports Organisation – DOSO
Ministry of Fisheries

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (Ministry of Health)
Police Aviation (Bulgarian Police Aviation Unit)

Commercial Aviation

Air Sofia
Air VIA
Balkan-Bulgarian Airlines [Wikipedia history]
Bulgaria Air
Heli Air
Hemus Air

wikipedia: Airlines of Bulgaria
The World’s Airlines: Bulgaria

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

To be added

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Sofia Airport (ICAO: LBSF)
Krumovo/Plovdiv Airport (ICAO: LBPD)
Burgas Airport (ICAO: LBBG)
Varna Airport (ICAO: LBWN)
Airports in Bulgaria

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

Krumovo Air and Space Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Bulgaria

Aviation Bibliography

Bulgarian Aviation Bibliography

Web Links

Bulgarian Aviation
(Dedicated Bulgarian aviation website in Bulgarian with cyrillic text.)

Thanks to George Petkov for updating this information.
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