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Kaproni Bulgarski KB-1 
Seven KB-1 Peperuda (butterfly) biplanes delivered from manufacturer in 1932. Licenced-built Caproni Ca 100 with Walter NZ radial engine. Two additional examples finished as seaplanes in 1932. Used for primary pilot training. Date withdrawn from service not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-COA 1   1931  
LZ-COB 2   1932  
LZ-COC 3   1932  
LZ-COD 4   1932  
LZ-COE 5   1932  
LZ-COF 6   1932  
LZ-COH 7   1932  
- 22   1932  
- 23   1932  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Bulgarian Fighters Part I


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-2UT 
Eight KB-2UT delivered from manufacturer 1933-1935. Licenced-built Caproni Ca 113 with BMW IVa in-line engine, later Junkers L-2 and Hispano Suiza 8Be in-line engine fitted. Used for basic and advanced pilot training. Withdrawn from service by September 1939.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-CTA 8   1933  
LZ-CTB 9   1934  
LZ-CTC 10   1934  
LZ-CTD 11   1934  
LZ-CTE 12   1934  
LZ-CTF 13   1934  
LZ-CTH 14   1934  
LZ-CTI 15   1935  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-2A Chuchuliga 
Six KB-2A Chuchuliga (lark) delivered from manufacturer in 1936. Improved version of KB-2UT with Walter Castor radial engine. Used for advanced pilot training. Only 2 serviceable in late 1941. Withdrawn from service in the early 1940s.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-CEA 16   1936  
LZ-CEB 17   1936  
LZ-CEC 18   1936  
LZ-CED 19   1936  
LZ-CEE 20   1936  
LZ-CEF 21   1936  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-3 Chuchuliga I 
Twenty KB-3 Chuchuliga I delivered from manufacturer in 1937-1938. Improved version of KB-2A with Walter Castor II radial engine. Used for advanced pilot training. Date withdrawn from service not known. The 16th aircraft (c/n 40, LZ-CIP) was retained to act as the prototype for the KB-5 with Piaggio P.VII C.I radial engine and longer fuselage.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1 25   1937 LZ-CIA
2 26   1937 LZ-CIB
3 27   1937 LZ-CIC
4 28   1937 LZ-CID
5 29   1937 LZ-CIE
6 30   1937 LZ-CIF
7 31   1937 LZ-CIG
8 32   1937 LZ-CIH
9 33   1937 LZ-CII
10 34   1937 LZ-CIJ
11 35   1937 LZ-CIK
12 36   1937 LZ-CIL
13 29   1937 LZ-CIM
14 30   1937 LZ-CIN
15 31   1937 LZ-CIO
16 32   1937 LZ-CIP
17 33   1937 LZ-CIQ
18 34   1937 LZ-CIR
19 35   1937 LZ-CIS
20 36   1937 LZ-CIT

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-4 Chuchuliga II 
Twenty-eight KB-4 Chuchuliga II delivered from manufacturer in 1938-1939. Improved version of KB-3 with Wright Whirlwind R-975 E-2 radial engine. Used for reconnaissance and liaison duties. Some aircraft with 2nd (Basic Training) Escadrila of the People's Air School in 1949. Date withdrawn from service not known. Military register number for the type was 7022. Constructors numbers 45 to 72, individual serial numbers 1 to 28.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1 45   1938  
2 46   1938  
3 47   1938  
4 48   1938  
5 49   1938  
6 50   1938  
7 51   1938  
8 52   1938  
9 53   1938  
10 54   1938  
11 55   1938  
12 56   1938  
13 57   1938  
14 58   1938  
15 59   1938  
16 60   1938  
17 61   1938  
18 62   1938  
19 63   1938  
20 64   1938  
21 65   1938  
22 66   1938  
23 67   1938  
24 68   1938  
25 69   1938  
26 70   1938  
27 71   1938  
28 72   1938  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-5 Chuchuliga III 
Forty-five KB-5 Chuchuliga III delivered from manufacturer in 1939-1940. Differed from the converted KB-4 prototype in having a shorter lower wing, Walter Pollux II radial engine and modified fuselage. Used for reconnaissance and liaison duties. Some aircraft with 2nd (Basic Training) Escadrila of the People's Air School in 1949. Date withdrawn from service not known. Military register number for the type was 7032. Constructors numbers 73 to 117, individual serial numbers 1 to 45.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1 73   1939  
2 74   1939  
3 75   1939  
4 76   1939  
5 77   1939  
6 78   1939  
7 79   1939  
8 80   1939  
9 81   1939  
10 82   1939  
11 83   1939  
12 84   1939  
13 85   1939  
14 86   1939  
87 49   1939  
16 88   1939  
17 89   1939  
18 90   1939  
19 91   1939  
20 92   1939  
21 93   1939  
22 94   1939  
23 95   1940  
24 96   1940  
25 97   1940  
26 98   1940  
27 99   1940  
28 100   1940  
29 101   1940  
30 102   1940  
31 103   1940  
32 104   1940  
33 105   1940  
34 106   1940  
35 107   1940  
36 108   1940  
37 109   1940  
38 110   1940  
39 111   1940  
40 112   1940  
41 113   1940  
42 114   1940  
43 115   1940  
44 116   1940  
45 117   1940  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part III
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-6 Papagal 
Twenty-four KB-6 Papagal (parrot) aircraft delivered from manufacturer in 1941. Licensed-built version of Caproni Ca 309 with Argus As 10C engines, modified nose glazing and redesigned tail. Also known as the KB-309. Maiden flight 28 November 1940. Used for transport, light bomber and reconnaissance roles. Withdrawn from service in 1946. Military register number for the type was 7024. Constructors numbers 118 to 141, individual serial numbers 1 to 24.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1 118   1941  
2 119   1941  
3 120   1941  
4 121   1941  
5 122   1941  
6 123   1941  
7 124   1941  
8 125   1941  
9 126   1941  
10 127   1941  
11 128   1941  
12 129   1941  
13 130   1941  
14 131   1941  
15 132   1941  
16 133   1941  
17 134   1941  
18 135   1941  
19 136   1941  
20 137   1941  
21 138   1940  
22 139   1941  
23 140   1941  
24 141   1941  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-11-I Kvazimodo 
One KB-11-I aircraft delivered from manufacturer in 1940. Unofficial nickname 'Quasimodo'. Prototype mid-wing monoplane with fixed undercarriage and Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34 engine. Maiden flight early autumn 1940. Intended for army co-operation and tactical reconnaissance roles. No production. Date withdrawn from service not known. Military register number for the type was 7076. Constructors number unknown, individual serial number 1.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1 ?   1940  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-11-II 
Six KB-11-II aircraft delivered from manufacturer in 1941. New prototype high-wing monoplane with V-strut attachment to fuselage, new undercarriage design and Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34 engine. Maiden flight 1941. Used for army co-operation and tactical reconnaissance roles. Withdrawn from service in 1947. Military register number for the type was 7076. Constructors numbers 142 to 147, individual serial numbers 2 to 7.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
2 142   1941  
3 143   1941  
4 144   1941  
5 145   1941  
6 146   1941  
7 147   1941 Bulg AF serial 7/7076

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13
  • Sojusznicy Luftwaffe I


Kaproni Bulgarski KB-11A Fanzan 
Third prototype - KB-11-III - maiden flight in 1941. Redesigned fuselage side windows and PZL-Bristol Pegasus XXI radial engine. Forty-three of production version designated KB-11A Fanzan (pheasant) manufactured by end of 1942. Used by 4/1 Orliak for army co-operation and tactical reconnaissance roles. Withdrawn from service in 1947 and 30 survivors supplied to Yugoslavia. Military register number for the type was 7076. Constructors numbers 148 to 190, individual serial numbers 8 to 50.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
8 148   1941  
9 149   1942  
10 150   1942  
11 151   1942  
12 152   1942  
13 153   1942  
14 154   1942  
15 155   1942  
16 156   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
17 157   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
18 158   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
19 159   1942  
20 160   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
21 161   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
22 162   1942  
23 163   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
24 164   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
25 165   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
26 166   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
27 167   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
28 168   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
29 169   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
30 170   1942  
31 171   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
32 172   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
33 173   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
34 174   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
35 175   1942  
36 176   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
37 177   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
38 178   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
39 179   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
40 180   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
41 181   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
42 182   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
43 183   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
44 184   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
45 185   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
46 186   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
47 187   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
48 188   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
49 189   1942 to Yugoslavia in 1947
50 190   1942  

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.96 November/December 2001 pp10-17
  • Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria Part IV
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13


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