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Bulgarian Air Defence and Air Force’s
Tactical Air Units
in January 1, 1978

At the 19th regiment, MiG-19s were withdrawn from service in the mid-seventies. In 1974, five MiG-21MF Fishbed-J arrived at Graf Ignatievo airport. In 1975, they phased out the last MiG-19S tactical fighter.
 
Then, between 1977 and 1978, they received 15 more MiG-21MF and MF-75 fighters from the 18th regiment. The old MiG-19PM Farmer-E interceptors flew in November 1978 for the last time.
 

 

Nature metal coloured Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-21MF Fishbed-J tactical fighter with nuclear stike capatity. Delivery in 1974. Photo: Evgeni Andonov collection

Metal coloured Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-21MF Fishbed-J tactical fighter with nuclear stike capatity. Delivery in 1974. Photo: Evgeni Andonov collection

People's Republic of Bulgarian Air Force order of battle map
People's Republic of Bulgarian Air Force order of battle in 1978
People's Republic of Bulgarian Air Force order of battle in 1978

 

Meanwhile, MiG-21M Fishbed-J aircraft got a new task. Between 1974 and 1975 they received nuclear strike capability role.

 

Bulgaria’s Cold War nuclear strike force

 

 

The MiG-23BN Flogger-H was the first modern nuclear-capable fighter-bomber to enter Bulgarian service in 1976. The Bulgarian pilots and other crew were trained at the Lugovoy Soviet 715th Training Air Regiment in 1976. The Bulgarian crew received retraining to MiG -23BN Flogger-H bombers. The first Bulgarian MiG-23BNs were delivered in November 1976 to the 25th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment at Cheshnegirovo airport near Plovdiv. Between 1976 and 1977, 13 MiG-23BN Flogger-H and five MiG-23UB Flogger-C aircraft arrived.

 

Grey coloured Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-23BN fighter-bomber in Cheshnegirovo airport. Photo: Evgeni Andonov collection ->

The last Bulgarian IL-28R Beagle Reconnaissance aircrafts withdrawn from service in 1974.

rey coloured Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-23BN fighter-bomber in Cheshnegirovo airport. Photo: Evgeni Andonov collection