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Avia B-71 (SB-2M-100) Jerav 
Twenty-four Avia B-71 (licence-built Tupolev SB-2M-100) twin-engined bombers delivered from Czechoslovakia via Germany in September 1939, plus eight more in 1940. Total of thirty-two delivered. Jerav = Crane. Used by 5 Bomber Orliak (later 5th Bomber Polk) for the bomber role. Withdrawn from service in 1945.

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References:

  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Avia B.122 Osa 
Twenty-eight (29?) B.122 biplane fighter trainers obtained from Czechoslovakia via Germany in 1939. Osa = Wasp. Used by the Fighter School at Karlovo for the aerobatic training role. Withdrawn from service in 1940. Most aircraft fitted with a Walter Kastor II radial engine, but at least one fitted with a Avia RK-17 engine. The latter were used as glider tugs. Military type number 7013.

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References:

  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Avia B-135 Lyastovica 
Twelve B-135 (AV-135 in Bulgarian literature) delivered in crates by rail Feb 1943. Assembled from Czech-made parts by DSF at Lovech in the summer of 1943. Last example test flown 28 August 1943, following which all the aircraft were officially accepted by the VNVV. Planned licenced production of 50 a/c as the DAR-11 Lyastuvka (Swallow) later cancelled due to the lack of Czech-built engines. Used by the Fighter School at Dolna Metropolija for the fighter-training and fighter-interceptor roles. Withdrawn from service by end of 1944 and stored in the open at Dolna Metropolija. Last few airframes used for air-ground gunnery target practice in 1946. Military type number 7057.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1 B-135.101 D-IWKM 28 Aug 1943  
2 B-135.102   1943  
3 B-135.103   1943  
4 B-135.104   1943  
5 B-135.105   1943  
6 B-135.106   1943  
7 B-135.107   1943  
8 B-135.108   1943  
9 B-135.109   1943  
10 B-135.110   1943  
11 B-135.111   1943  
12 B-135.112   1943  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp29-30
  • Avia B-35, B-135 (MBI)
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Avia B.534 Dogan 
Seventy-eight B.534 biplane fighters ordered from Czechoslovakia via Germany in summer 1939. Last batch of 18 aircraft delivered in January 1940. Used by 2 Fighter Orliak (later 6th Fighter Polk) for the fighter role. Early 1944 survivors transferred to 2/2 Orliak for use in the ground strafing role Sept-Dec 1944. Withdrawn in 1945. Dogan = Kestrel. Military type number 7037. Note: At least one aircraft had a cut-down rear fuselage so the canopy projected above the fuselage line (Bulg AF serial 61/7037 ?) - photo Bulgarian Fighters Part I.

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