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Focke-Wulf A20a 
One A20a delivered from the manufacturer in 1930. 2-seat high-wing monoplane. Presented to Bulgaria by German commercial representative Dr. Roselius. Used by ? unit for the transport role. Withdrawn from service sometime after 1934.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
B-BROS 52 D-1482 1930 'Roselius', later LZ-ROS

References:

  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


Focke-Wulf Fw 43 Milka 
One Fw 43 (initially A43) delivered from manufacturer in 1939. A gift from General Milch. High-wing cabin monoplane. Milka = female name. Used by ? unit for the transport role. Withdrawn from service in 19??.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-MIL     1939  

References:

  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


Focke-Wulf Fw 44J Vrabche  
Forty-two (40?) Fw 44J purchased from the manufacturer from 1936 onwards. Six aircraft delivered in 1936, six more in 1938 and thirty in 1939, making a total of forty-two. Vrabche = Sparrow (or Goldfinch?). Used by the Air School at Kazanluk for the training role. Siemens Sh-14A engine. Ten aircraft still in use with 1st (Initial Training) Escadrila of the People's Air School in 1949. Withdrawn from service in 19??. Military type number 7021.

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LZ-FOB     -  
LZ-F?Q     -  

References:

  • German Aircraft Industry and Production 1933-1945 (Airlife) pp254,258-259
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part IV
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Focke-Wulf Fw 56 Komar  
Six Fw 56A-1 acquired from the manufacturer in 1936. Used by the Fighter School for the training role, and reportedly in the early 1940s for "initial & basic flying training" - even though it was a single seater! Fuselage codes 11, 22 and 33 carried. Withdrawn from service in 1940? Komar = Gnat.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
4     1936  
5     1936  
9     1936  
10     1936  
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References:

  • German Aircraft Industry and Production 1933-1945 (Airlife) pp254
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part IV
  • Bulgarian Fighters Part I
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Gulub 
Eight Fw 58B-1/E-1 acquired from the manufacturer (some sources say 22 aircraft) - two aircraft delivered in 1937 and six more in 1939, making a total of eight. Used by the Air School at Kazanluk for the light bomber/recce/crew trainer roles. Roles include photo mapping and instrument and multi-engine training. Fuselage code 11 carried. Fw 58B armed trainer version with glazed nose and machine-gun positions. Fw 58C transport version with solid nose. Two aircraft were transferred to the Air Transport Directorate on 19 March 1947, but despite this 8 examples are reported to have been in Air Force service in 1949. Withdrawn from service in 194?. Gulub = Dove.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1     1937  
2     1937 Fw 58B-1
3     1939  
4     1939  
5     1939  
6     1939  
7     1939  
8     1939  
LZ-PBF     -  

References:

  • German Aircraft Industry and Production 1933-1945 (Airlife) pp256,259
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part IV
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Oko  
Eighteen (16?) Fw 189A-2 acquired from the manufacturer in late 1943. Used by 3/1 Orliak for the tactical reconnaissance role. Most withdrawn mid-1945, but five aircraft served with the 25th Mine-Torpedo Polk in 1949. Withdrawn from service in 194?. Oko = Eye.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1     1943  
2     1943  
3     1943  
4     1943  
5     1943  
6     1943  
7     1943  
8     1943  
9     1943  
10     1943  
11     1943  
12     1943  
13     1943  
14     1943  
15     1943  
16     1943  
17     1943  
18     1943  

References:

  • German Aircraft Industry and Production 1933-1945 (Airlife) pp261
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part IV
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


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