Albanian Air Force Aircraft Types Not Used
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This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Albanian Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Antonov An-12 'Cub'
The An-12 has not been operated by the Albanian Air Force.

Lisunov Li-2 'Cab'
There are repeated reports of the about six Li-2s being used in Albania. Neither the C-47 or its Russian copy, the Li-2, has ever been operated by the Albanian Air Force.

Lohner Type H
Three Lohner Type H flying boats aircraft were ordered from Austria in early 1914 to equip a planned Albanian Air Corps. These aircraft were taken over by Austria before delivery, upon the outbreak of World War I. Not delivered.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-15 'Fagot'
The initial production version of the MiG-15 was not delivered to Albania - only the MiG-15bis version.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21bis
In 2002 Albania was reportedly negotiating with Ukraine for 12 MiG-21bis - none were delivered.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-23 'Flogger'
No MiG-23s have been operated by Albania.

Mil Mi-2 'Hoplite'
Two Mi-2 were wrongly reported as being operated during the 1980s.

Mil Mi-17
This version of the Mi-8 'Hip' has not been supplied to Albania.

Shenyang F-4
The F-4 designation has been incorrectly assumed in the west to apply to the Chinese-built version of the MiG-17F. The correct designation is F-5. No F-4s have ever been exported by China.

Yakovlev Yak-3
Prior to the formation of the Albanian Air Force in 1951, a number of trainees were sent to Yugoslavia for pilot training. The final stage of training was reported to have been carried out on Yugoslav Yak-3s. This aircraft type was not delivered to Albania.

Yakovlev Yak-14 'Mare'
This Soviet troop-carrying assault glider was not used by the Albanian Air Force.

Yakovlev Yak-23 'Flora'
Reports of Albanian use of this early Soviet jet fighter are not true. Even 'Early Soviet Jet Fighters - Red Star Volume 4' by Yefim Gordon perpetrates this myth, stating that the first examples arrived in 1951, and that additional Yak-23s were obtained from Poland.

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