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MiG-21F 501 & MiG-21PFM 62 at Krumovo
Museum in June 2005. (photo, Jeroen Hribar)
MiG-21F 520 stored at Graf Ignatievo in
September 2003. (photo, Chris Lofting)

Milkoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21F-13 Fishbed 
Total of twelve MiG-21F-13 delivered from September 1963 (from batches 10 and 11). Used by 19 IAP for the interceptor fighter role. Survivors were later converted to MiG-12F-13R reconnaissance variant, serving with the 26 RAP. Withdrawn from service in 1988. Three lost in accidents. Two scrapped. (Possible c/ns 741011-741020, 741101 + one). Military Type Number 7274.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
501 741101   Sept 1963 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
513 741013   Sept 1963 scrapped
515 741015   Sept 1963 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
516 741016   Sept 1963 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
518 741018   Sept 1963 Preserved Raduil Oct 2002
520 741020   Sept 1963 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
      1963  
      1963  
      1963  
      1963  
      1963  
      1963  

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21PF Fishbed 
Twelve MiG-21PF delivered from manufacturer from January 1965 onwards (from batch 8 and 9). Used by 2/18 IAE at Gabrovnitsa for the interceptor fighter role. Later converted to reconnaissance role with 26 RAP at Dobrich. Withdrawn from service in 1991. Four aircraft lost in crashes. Five scrapped. Military type Number 7276?

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
20 760804   1965 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
21 760805   1965 w/o 1975
022 760808   1965  
223 760813   1965 Preserved Sofia BVVS HQ Jan 2005
224 760814   1965  
125 760815   1965 Preserved Kamenetz Aug 2002 '123'
  760904   1965  
28 760908   1965  
29 760909   1965  
030 760910   1965  
31 760911   1965  
      1965  

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


MiG-21PFM 68 stored at Graf Ignatievo in
September 2003. (photo, Chris Lofting)

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21PFM 
Fifty MiG-21PFM delivered in 1965 (12 aircraft), 1977-78 (36 aircraft) and 1984 (2 aircraft). All ex-Soviet AF aircraft. Used by 15 IAP at Ravnets for the interceptor fighter role. Later used at the training base at Kamenets. Withdrawn from service during 1992. Seven aircraft lost in crashes. Four aircraft exported and 23 scrapped. Military Type Number 7294.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
25 940SO12      
26 940MK10      
'26'       really 40, preserved Dolna Metropolija
27 940MA08      
28 940MO18      
29 940MT09      
30 940OA10      
31 940MO23      
32 940ME22     Preserved Krumovo July 2001
33 940MI23      
34 940OA04     w/o 5 Oct 1989
35 940MK05     w/o 10 April 1969
36 940MO05     Preserved Dolna Metropolija Aug 2002
37 940MO06      
38 940MO07      
39 940MO08     Preserved Burgas July 2003
40 940MO09     Preserved Dolna Metropolija '26' Aug 2002
41 940MO10     Preserved Chesnogirovo Sept 2001
42 940MO11      
43 94MO13     Preserved German Sept 2003
44 940MO15      
45 940MO16      
46 940MO17      
47 940OA12      
48 940OS13      
49 94211516     MiG-21PFS
50 940ATch23      
51 940ATch09      
61 940OS14      
62 940ME10     Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
63 940OS17      
64 940MK03      
65 940OS18     Preserved Balchik Sept 2002
66 940OS03     Preserved Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
67 94OMK20     Sofia Military History Museum May 2005
68 940ATch15      
68 940MT04     Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
69 940OS19      
70 940ML02      
71 940MI24      
72 94211508     MiG-21PFS
73 940MM20      
74 940MA19     Stored Graf Ignatievo Apr 2003
75 940ATch10     Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
76 940MI12      
77 940ATch13      
78 94211511     MiG-21PFS, Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
940 94OMK13     Preserved Dolna Mitropolija Aug 2002

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21M Fishbed 
Twelve MiG-21M (Type 96) delivered from August 1969 (from batches 6 and 7). Three more aircraft from batch 23 delivered in early 1970. Total delivered was fifteen. Used by 19 IAP at Graf Ignatievo for the interceptor fighter role. Later with 21 IAP at Uzundzhovo. Withdrawn from service in 1990. Five lost in crashes, five others scrapped, five preserved.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
101 960701   Aug 1969 w/o 21 June 1977
108 960608   Aug 1969 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
109 962309   Aug 1970 scrapped
202 960702   Aug 1969 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002. Scrapped?
209 960609   Aug 1969 scrapped
210 962310   Aug 1970 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
303 960703   Aug 1969 scrapped
310 960610   Aug 1969 scrapped
311 962311   Aug 1970 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
404 960704   Aug 1969 w/o 17 June 1984
411 960611   Aug 1969 Preserved Uzundzhovo Sept 2002
512 960612   Aug 1969 w/o 3 Nov 1971
613 960613   Aug 1969 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
714 960614   Aug 1969 w/o 26 Aug 1974
815 960615   Aug 1969 w/o 17 Sept 1980

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


MiG-21MF 52 seen at Krumovo on 11 June 2005.
(photo, Jeroen Hribar)

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21MF Fishbed 
Twenty MiG-21MF delivered in 1974-1975. Used by units at Graf Ignatievo and Dobroslavtsi for the interceptor fighter role. Some aircraft later adapted to the reconnaissance role as MiG-21MFRs with recce/ELINT pods from the MiG-21Rs and used by 26 RAP at Dobrich. Withdrawn from service in 2000. Some were MiG-21MF-75 version. Six aircraft lost in accidents, and one scrapped.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
021 96007021   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
029 96007029   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75
033 96007033   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75
047 96007047   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
51 969401   Aug 1974 w/o 1988
52 969402   Aug 1974 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
55 969405   Aug 1974 MiG-21MFR conv. w/o 16 July 1998.
57 969407   Aug 1974 MiG-21MFR conv. Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
58 969408   Aug 1974 MiG-21MFR conv. w/o 28 Jan 1997
64 969504   Aug 1974 MiG-21MFR conv. Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
65 969505   Aug 1974 w/o 27 Jan 1984
66 969506   Aug 1974 w/o 22 June 1985
111 96007111   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
133 96007133   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
151 96007151   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, scrapped
177 96007177   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, MiG-21MFR conv. Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
213 96007213   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
247 96007247   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, w/o 22 Oct 1984
301 96007301   Oct 1975 MiG-21MF-75, Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
403 969403   Aug 1974 MiG-21MFR conv. Stored Dobritch Sept 2002

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21R Fishbed 
Six MiG-21R delivered from manufacturer in 1969. Used by 26 RAP at Dobrich for the reconnaissance role. Withdrawn from service in 1995. Two aircraft lost in accidents, one written-off after a hard landing, one scrapped and two partly scrapped.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
130 94R01420   1969  
223 94R01713   1969  
224 94R01714   1969  
231 94R01421   1969  
325 94R01715   1969 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
326 94R01716   1969 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


MiG-21bis-SAU 362 visiting Sliac, Slovenia, in
1998. (photo, Joop de Groot - CRMAP)
MiG-21bis-SAU 383 stored at Graf Ignatievo in
September 2003. (photo, Chris Lofting)

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21bis-SAU Fishbed 
Thirty MiG-21bis delivered from December 1983. Six ex-Soviet AF examples delivered in 1985. Total of 36 received. Used by 19 IAP at Graf Ignatievo for the interceptor fighter role. Many withdrawn from service in 2000. Only one aircraft lost in a crash.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
013 75094013   1983 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
025 75094025   1983 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
027 75024027   1985 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
045 75094045   1983 last noted Mar 2001
088 75094088   1983 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
101 75094101   1983 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
102 75027102   1985 Graf Ignatievo Mar 2005
114 75094114   1985 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
119 75094119   1983 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
127 75094127   1983 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
240 75094240   1983 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002, to 340
243 75094243   1983 Graf Ignatievo/TEREM Aug 2002
249 75094249   1983 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
254 75094254   1983 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
261 75094261   1984 Graf Ignatievo Mar 2005
277 75094277   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
294 75094294   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
302 75094302   1984 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
317 75094317   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
324 75094324   1984 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
340 75094240   1984 Graf Ignatievo Mar 2005
345 75094345   1984 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
358 75094358   1984 Graf Ignatievo Sept 2001
362 75094362   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
365 75094365   1984 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
370 75094370   1984 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
383 75094383   1984 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
388 75094388   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
392 75094392   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
399 75094399   1984 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
401 75094401   1984 w/o 1990
407 75094407   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
413 75094413   1984 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
727 75028727   1985 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
850 75028850   1985 Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
903 75028903   1985 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
947 75029947   1985 preserved Korten Sept 2002

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


MiG-21bis-Lasur 525 at Sofia Natural History
Museum. (photo, Emil Dyulgerov)

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21bis-Lasur Fishbed 
Thirty-six ex-Soviet MiG-21bis (with Lasur system) delivered in 1990. Used by units at Balchik (bort numbers 80-97) and Uzundzhovo (5xx bort numbers) for the interceptor fighter role. Many withdrawn from service in 2000. Only one aircraft lost in a crash.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
80 75001041   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
81 75003092   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
82 75003117   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
83 75019927   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
84 75033127   1990 to 502 (2)
84 75044702 502 1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
85 75054147   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
86 75003008   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
87 75014898   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
88 75014904   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
89 75034730   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
90 75080614   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
91 75080645   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
92 75053407   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
93 75053569   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
94 75080601   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
95 75034681   1990 Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
96 75034745   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
97 750.....   1990 w/o 28 Dec 1994
501 75019901   1990 Sofia Natural History Museum May 2005
502 75044702   1990 to 84(2)
502 75033127 84 1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
503 75007003   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
509 75012409   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
513 75003013   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
515 75017715   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
516 75016609   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
517 75017009   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
520 75007420   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
523 75007023   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
525 75003025   1990 Sofia Natural History Museum Aug 2003
530 75007030   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
545 75034645   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
550 75011350   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
553 75017953   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
558 75006258   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
559 75008059   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002
561 75003061   1990 Stored Graf Ignatievo Sept 2002

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • arrow-aviation.nl


MiG-21UM 27 seen at Graf Ignatievo on
1 June 2005. (photo, Chavdar Garchev)

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21U/US/UM Fishbed 
One MiG-21U delivered from manufacturer in 1966, and shared between the MiG-21 regiments. Withdrawn from early in the early 1990s. MiG-21U Military Type Number 7266? Five MiG-21US delivered in 1969 (1 aircraft from batch 34) and 1970 (four aircraft from batch 43). Shared between MiG-21 regiments. Withdrawn from service in 1992. One written-off after a hard landing in 1982, one crashed in 1985, one exported in 1992, one scrapped at Graf Ingatievo circa 1995, one preserved in museum.

Thirty-three MiG-21UM delivered from May 1974 to 1981 (27 aircraft) and in 1990 (6 ex-Soviet aircraft). Used by 3 IAB at Graf Ignatievo for the conversion training role. Eight MiG-21UM were lost in accidents. About ten sold to India in 1994. Withdrawn from service in 2000. One sold to civil use in Australia 2003.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
01 662216   1966 MiG-21U-400. wfu early 1990s. GI Dolna Mitropolija Aug 2002
02       MiG-21US
03       MiG-21US, to Nigeria
04       MiG-21US
05 red 07685143     MiG-21US. Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
06       MiG-21US
07 516913016     MiG-21UM. Preserved Kamenetz Nov 2004
08 516913021     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
09 516913026     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
10 516913031     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
11 516921041     MiG-21UM
12 516921046     MiG-21UM
13 516939036     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
14 516939041     MiG-21UM. Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
15 516979041     MiG-21UM. Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
16 516979046     MiG-21UM
17 516979051     MiG-21UM. Stored Dobritch Sept 2002
18 516979056     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
19 516995021     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
20 516995026     MiG-21UM
21 516999258     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
22 516999262     MiG-21UM
23 516999236     MiG-21UM, w/o 2 June 1999.
24 516999257     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
25 516999261     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
26 516999264     MiG-21UM
27 516999266     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
28 516999375     MiG-21UM
29 516999377     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
30 516999408     MiG-21UM
31 516999409     MiG-21UM
32 516999414     MiG-21UM
33 516999413     MiG-21UM. w/o 28 January 1992.
34 516977066     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002, Plovdiv Feb 2005
35 516979021     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
36 516999133   1990 MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
37 516945036     MiG-21UM
38 516979001   1990 MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002
39 516993051     MiG-21UM. Stored Graf Ignatievo Aug 2002

References:


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