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This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Bulgarian Army Aviation Corps and Bulgarian Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types that have been falsely reported as being in service.

AEG C.IV
This conventional 2-seat reconnaissance biplane was not used by the Bulgarian Army Aviation Corps.

Ago C.I
This twin-boom pusher aircraft was never used. Possible confusion with the Otto C.I.

Albatros ?
Some references on the First Balkan War (eg. Insignia Issue 13, Winter 1999 and Small Air Forces Observer No.64 October 1992) state that on 23 October 1912 two Ottoman Air Force Albatros aircraft were captured at Kirk-Kilse during the Bulgarian advance on the Catalca front and were immediately impressed into Bulgarian service. The 'Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria' books make no mention of this, and the Ottoman Air Force had no Albatros aircraft in service at this time. Possible confusion with the two Ottoman Albatros B.I aircraft which forced landed in Bulgarian territory in July 1914.

Albatros C.I
The Albatros C.I was not used by the Bulgarian Army Aviation Corps. Possible confusion with the Albatros B.I (see above) or C.III.

Antonov An-12
This four-engined cargo transport has only been used by civil operators in Bulgaria.

Bloch MB.152
In February 1943 a contract for 20 MB.152 fighters was signed with the French Government, but the proposal was vetoed by the Germans. No aircraft were delivered.

Bloch MB.210
This low-wing monoplane bomber served with Romania, but not Bulgaria.

Bristol Coanda
The Romanian military operated several Bristol Coanda Monoplanes and Bristol Coanda TB.8 biplanes - but it not thought that any fell into Bulgarian hands during World War One.

de Havilland D.H.9
One British D.H.9 is believed to have been captured - but it was not put into Bulgarian service.

Hansa Brandenburg C.I
These Austrian-built 2-seat army reconnaissance aircraft were never used by the Bulgarian Army Aviation Corps.

Heinkel He 46
Numerous books on German WW2 aircraft refer to an order for 16-18 He 46eBu variants (with NACA engine cowlings) being placed by Bulgaria. Bulgarian sources do not make any mention of these parasol-winged reconnaissance aircraft being in service. It is not clear what happened to these aircraft.

Heinkel He 59
This twin-engined biplane floatplane was not used by the Bulgarian Air Force.

Heinkel He 62
This biplane floatplane was only used by Japan.

Ilyushin Il-12 Coach
This twin-engined airliner was not used by the Bulgarian Air Force.

Ilyushin Il-18 Coot
Civil-registered Il-18s were used by the Government VIP flight, but never served with the Air Force.

Junkers Ju 86D
This twin-engined bomber was supplied to Hungary, not Bulgaria.

Junkers Ju 87B
Not used - confusion with the Ju 87R version, derived from the Ju 87B, which was used.

Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum
Not used by the Air Force. Possible confusion with aircraft used by the Government Agricultural Aviation Agency.

Lavochkin La-5
On 31 March 1945, 642 Yato was formed at Pech Airfield in Hungary in preparation for converting to the La-5. The surrender of Germany caused these plans to be cancelled by 9 May 1945.

Lavochkin La-7
This improved version of the La-5 was never supplied to Bulgaria.

Lavochkin La-11
This all-metal version of the La-7 was not supplied to Bulgaria.

LET L-60 Brigadyr
This STOL light transport may have been used by Government-sponsored flying clubs, but not by the Air Force.

Liore et Olivier LeO H-246.1
This 4-engined flying boat was not supplied to Bulgaria.

Lockheed C-130B Hercules
Three ex-USAF aircraft were offered in March 1996, but the offer was rejected in September 1996.

LVG C.V
The LVG C.V was never used by the Bulgarian Army Aviation Corps. Possible confusion with the identically engined DFW C.V.

LWD ZAK-1
Polish 2-seat trainer, not supplied to Bulgaria.

LWS 3 Mewa
In April 1939 the Bulgarian AF ordered a special version of the LWS 3, fitted with a Fiat A.74RC radial engine, as the Mewa B. The first batch of 60 ordered was scheduled for delivery in early 1940, but was not fulfilled due to the German invasion of Poland in 1939.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-AT
Two MiG-AT trainers were reportedly ordered, for delivery in 1997-98. The order was cancelled.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-3
This WW2 fighter was never supplied to Bulgaria.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-17M
The MiG-17M was a pilotless target-drone version of the MiG-17, also designated M-17. It was not used by the Bulgarian Air Force.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-17SF
No such variant.

Mikoyan MiG-23BM Flogger F
Never been used. Probably confused with the MiG-23BN Flogger H, which was used.

Mikoyan MiG-27
The dedicated attack variant of the MiG-23 was not used. Possible confusion with the MiG-23BN.

Mil Mi-6
This large transport helicopter was not used.

Morane-Saulnier M.S.406
The MS.406 was never supplied to Bulgaria. It may have been considered when the Dewoitine D.520s were offered.

Nieuport XXI
One Nieuport XXI (90 hp Le Rhone engine), serial N4487, landed at Seres near Belica on 17 August 1918, and was examined for possible use by the Army Aviation Corps. It was declared unfit for service and sent to the Aeroplane Depot.

Otto C.II
This conventional 2-seat tractor biplane was never been used by the Bulgarian Army Aviation Corps. Possible confusion with the Otto C.I twin-boom twin-engined bomber of completely different shape.

Potez 15 (Potez XV)
Never been used. Probably confused with its derivative, the Potez 17, which was supplied.

Potez 18 (Potez XVIII)
Only one example of this large civil transport biplane was built. It did not go to Bulgaria.

PWS 16bis
This biplane trainer was not used. Possible confusion with the externally identical PWS 26, one of which was used after fleeing the German invasion of Poland.

PZL P.23B
This designation applied to Polish Air Force aircraft. A variant designated P.43A was supplied to Bulgaria.

PZL P.24G
This variant was built for Greece. No captured examples were operated.

PZL P.46B
This was a highly developed version of the P.23. An initial order for 12 P.46Bs for the Bulgarian Air Force had reached an advanced stage of negotiation in the summer of 1939. The invasion of Poland brought any further talks to a halt.

PZL-104 Wilga
This light transport may have been used by Government-sponsored flying clubs, but not by the Air Force.

PZL M-18 Dromader
Not used by the Air Force. Possible confusion with aircraft used by the Government Agricultural Aviation Agency.

Tupolev Tu-124 Cookpot
This jet airliner was never used by the Air Force.

Yakovlev UT-2
This primary trainer may have been used by Government-sponsored flying clubs, but not by the Air Force.

Yakovlev Yak-3
This WW2 fighter was never supplied to Bulgaria.

Yakovlev Yak-18 Max
This basic trainer was probably used by Government-sponsored flying clubs, but not by the Air Force.

Yakovlev Yak-18T
Six Yak-18T trainers were reportedly ordered, for delivery in early 1996. No aircraft were delivered. The Bulgarian Air Force has never used the Yak-18.

Zlin Z.37 Cmelak
Not used by the Air Force. Possible confusion with aircraft used by the Government Agricultural Aviation Agency.

Zlin Z.42
This trainer may have been used by Government-sponsored flying clubs, but not by the Air Force.

Zlin Z.43 Cmelak
Not used by the Air Force. Possible confusion with aircraft used by the Government Agricultural Aviation Agency.


Thanks to Geroge Petkov for updating this page.

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