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DAR U-1/Uzunov-1 
Seven DAR U-1 biplanes delivered from manufacturer in 1925. Copy of the German DFW C.Va with Benz 220 hp engine. Maiden flight of prototype 16 November 1925. All delivered by the end of 1926. Used by Aeroplane School at Bojurishte for advanced pilot & observer training, and by Bombing Yato at Yambol for reconnaissance and light bomber duties. Date withdrawn from service not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
B-BACA 1   1925  
B-BAKO 2   1925  
B-BAPA 3   1925  
B-BATA 4   1925  
B-BATE 5   1925  
B-BATO 6   1925  
B-BAXA 7   1925  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 8 March/April 1998 pp132-135
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-1 Peperuda 
Twelve DAR-1 Peperuda (butterfly) two-seat biplanes delivered in 1926. 60 hp Walter NZ radial engine (later retrofitted with Walter Vega to DAR-1A standard). Maiden flight in 1926. Used by Hunting Yato for continuation training and Aeroplane School for primary pilot training. Withdrawn from service in the early 1940s

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
(none) 10   1926 prototype
B-BIKA 11   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKA
B-BIKB 12   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKB
B-BIKC 13   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKC
B-BIKD 14   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKD
B-BIKE 15   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKE
B-BIKF 16   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKF
B-BIKH 17   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKH
B-BIKK 18   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKK
B-BIKL 19   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKL
B-BIKM 20   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKM
B-BIKN 21   1926 from late 1927 LZ-IKN

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 8 March/April 1998 pp132-135
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-1A 
Eight DAR-1A delivered in 1928. 85 hp Walter Vega engine. Used by Aeroplane School for primary pilot training. Later used as glider tugs for Civil Air Service. Withdrawn from service in the early 1940s.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-IKP 35   1928  
LZ-IKR 36   1928 ex B-BIKR
LZ-IKS 37   1928  
LZ-IKT 38   1928  
LZ-IKU 39   1928  
LZ-IKV 40   1928  
LZ-IKX 41   1928 ex LZ-BIKX
LZ-IKZ 42   1928  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 8 March/April 1998 pp132-135
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-2 
Twelve DAR-2 delivered from manufacturer late 1926-1927. Design closely based on German Albatros C.III. Used by Training Yato and Aeroplane School for pilot and observer training. Withdrawn from service sometime after 1934.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
B-BOPA 22   1926  
B-BOPB 23   1926  
B-BOPC 24   1926  
B-BOPD 25   1926  
B-BOPE 26   1926  
B-BOPF 27   1926  
B-BOPI 28   1926  
B-BOPK 29   1926  
B-BOPL 30   1926  
B-BOPM 31   1926  
B-BOPN 32   1926  
B-BOPO 33   1926  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 8 March/April 1998 pp132-135
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-3 prototypes 
The DAR-3 Garvan (raven) first prototype was rebuild twice. First prototype - DAR-3(I) - maiden flight Autumn 1927 with in-line 400 hp Lorraine-Dietrich 12D engine. In 1930 it was fitted with a Gnome et Rhone Jupiter 9Akx radial engine. Shortly afterwards it was modified again with enlarged fin and rudder and revised main undercarriage, (referred to as the 'second prototype'). It was written off in a fatal crash in 1934. A second aircraft - DAR-3(I.bis) 'third prototype' was flown in 1929. In 1935 it was modified with Wright Cyclone engine and triangular pointed fin. Intended role short-range reconnaissance/light bomber. Date withdrawn from service not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
B-BDIA 34   1928 DAR-3(I), later reg'd LZ-BDIA, LZ-DIA. W/o 14 Feb 1934
(none) 43   1929 DAR-3(I.bis)

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-3 Garvan I 
Six DAR-3 series 1 aircraft delivered from manufacturer winter 1936. Open cockpit and Wright Cylone engine in a Townsend ring. Used for reconnaissance in late 1930s, then for liaison and continuation training. Withdrawn from service early 1940s. Garvan = Raven. Military type number 7056.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-DIB 63   1936  
LZ-DIC 64   1936  
LZ-DID 65   1936  
LZ-DIE 66   1936  
LZ-DIF 67   1936  
LZ-DIH 68   1936  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Insignia Issue 10 November 1998 pp64-67
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


DAR DAR-3 Garvan II 
Six DAR-3 series 2 aircraft delivered from manufacturer 1937. Open cockpit, wheel spats, Siemens Jupiter VI engine. Later retrofitted with Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34 engine and hooded cockpit. Used for reconnaissance. Date withdrawn from service not known. Garvan = Raven. Military type number 7056.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-DII 69   1936  
LZ-DIK 70   1936  
LZ-DIL 71   1936  
LZ-DIM 72   1936  
LZ-DIN 73   1936  
LZ-DIO 74   1936  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-3 Garvan III 
Twelve DAR-3 series 3 aircraft delivered from manufacturer 1939. Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34 engine in longer cowling, cockpit canopy for pilot but not gunner, lengthened fuselage. Used for reconnaissance and army co-operation. Withdrawn from service in 1945. Garvan = Raven. Military type number 7056.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  76   1939  
  77   1939  
  78   1939  
  79   1939  
  80   1939  
  81   1939  
  82   1939  
  83   1939  
  84   1939  
  85   1939  
  86   1939  
  87   1939  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Insignia Issue 10 November 1998 pp64-67
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-5 Brambar 
One DAR-5 Brambar (beetle) prototype. 220 hp Gnome-Rhone Titan engine. Maiden flight in 1930. Intended as a trainer but no production order and instead used for meteorological reconnaissance and liaison. Used at Kazanluk as fighter trainer. Date withdrawn from service not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-UDA 44   1930  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Insignia Issue 10 November 1998 pp64-67
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-6 
Two DAR-6 prototypes. First prototype - DAR-6(I) - maiden flight on 19 January 1932. Walter Mars radial engine with narrow Townsend ring. Second prototype - DAR-6(II) - flew in 1937. Uncovered Walter Vega radial engine. Intended as a advanced trainer but no production order. Date withdrawn from service not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-BZL 45   1932 DAR-6(I), w/o circa 1937
(none) 46?   1937 DAR-6(II)

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Insignia Issue 10 November 1998 pp64-67
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-6A 
One DAR-6A prototype. Two-seat biplane advanced trainer. Airframe based on Fw 44 Stieglitz, with He 72 nose and modified tail section. 160hp Siemens engine. Maiden flight circa 1938. No production. Date withdrawn from service not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-ZLB 62   1938  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-7 SS.1 
One DAR-7 SS.1 prototype. Two-seat light sports low-wing monoplane with enclosed cockpit. Maiden flight circa 1935. No production. By 1937 'carrying military markings'. Used by ? unit for liaison duties. Date withdrawn from service not known but scrapped during the late 1930s.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
? 46   1935  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


DAR DAR-8 Slavey 
Twelve DAR-8 Slavey (nightingale) aircraft delivered from manufacturer 1937. First prototype had de Havilland Gipsy major in-line engine. Production aircraft had Walter Major IV in-line engine. Installation of Walter Mars radial resulted in designation DAR-8A. Used for advanced training and aerobatics. Six aircraft serviceable in late 1941. Date withdrawn from service not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-BAA 47   1937  
LZ-BAB 48   1937 1938 to DAR-8A
LZ-BAC 49   1937  
LZ-BAD 50   1937 1938 to DAR-8A
LZ-BAE 51   1937  
LZ-BAF 52   1937  
LZ-BAH 53   1937  
LZ-BAI 54   1937  
LZ-BAK 55   1937  
LZ-BAL 56   1937  
LZ-BAM 57   1937  
LZ-BAN 58   1937  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Insignia Issue 10 November 1998 pp64-67
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


DAR DAR-9 Siniger 
Forty-two DAR-9 Siniger (tomtit or titmouse) aircraft delivered from 1940. Licence-built version of Focke-Wulf Fw 44J. Series 1 built at DAR (c/n 88-93 LZ-BPA to LZ-BPF) in 1940. Series 2 to 5 built at DSF (c/n 95-130 LZ-BCA To 'BCF, 'BCH, 'BCI, 'BCK to 'BCN, 'BTA to 'BTF, 'BTH, 'BTI, 'BTK to 'BTZ) 1940-1942. Used for initial training at the Air School at Kazanlak. Nine aircraft transferred to Yugoslavia in 1947. From 1948 survivors re-engined with Walter Major or Minor in-line engines as DAR-9A. Ten aircraft with 1st (Initial Training) Escadrila of the People's Air School in 1949. Withdrawn from military service 194? Military type number 7051.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-BPA 88   1940  
LZ-BPB 89   1940  
LZ-BPC 90   1940  
LZ-BPD 91   1940  
LZ-BPE 92   1940  
LZ-BPF 93   1940  
LZ-BCA 95   1941  
LZ-BCB 96   1941  
LZ-BCC 97   1941  
LZ-BCD 98   1941  
LZ-BCE 99   1941  
LZ-BCF 100   1941  
LZ-BCH 101   1941  
LZ-BCI 102   1941  
LZ-BCK 103   1941  
LZ-BCL 104   1941  
LZ-BCM 105   1941  
LZ-BCN 106   1941  
LZ-BTA 107   1941  
LZ-BTB 108   1941  
LZ-BTC 109   1941  
LZ-BTD 110   1941  
LZ-BTE 111   1941  
LZ-BTF 112   1941  
LZ-BTH 113   1941  
LZ-BTI 114   1942  
LZ-BTK 115   1942  
LZ-BTL 116   1942  
LZ-BTM 117   1942  
LZ-BTN 118   1942  
LZ-BTO 119   1942  
LZ-BTP 120   1942  
LZ-BTQ 121   1942  
LZ-BTR 122   1942  
LZ-BTS 123   1942  
LZ-BTT 124   1942  
LZ-BTU 125   1942  
LZ-BTV 126   1942  
LZ-BTW 127   1942  
LZ-BTX 128   1942  
LZ-BTY 129   1942  
LZ-BTZ 130   1942  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


DAR DAR-10 Bekas 
One DAR-10A Bekas (snipe) prototype. Two-seat monoplane light bomber. Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34 radial engine. Maiden flight 2 July 1941. No production. DAR-10F improved prototype with Fiat A-74 TS 38 engine. Maiden flight March 1945. Withdrawn from service in 1949. Military type number 7086.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
- 94   July 1941 DAR-10A. w/o 15 Oct 1942
  316   1945 DAR-10F

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.94 July/August 2001 pp18-30
  • Insignia Issue 9 August 1998 pp26-31
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


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