Chronological Listing of Bulgarian Air Force
Bail-Outs & Ejections


 

The details relating to the Bulgarian Air Force are being presented over several pages.

Page 1 - Bail-Outs & Ejections research by Nikolay V. Dragonov
Page 2 - Losses & Ejections including photographs and Feedback - Mike Bennett
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under construction]
 

Page 1
 

This page has been provided by

Nikolay V. Draganov
 

who has spent many years researching the history of the Bulgarian Air Force.

contact: Nikolai_draganov @yahoo.com
 

 

Bailed out - parachute

Date

Aircraft

Crew who bailed

Position

Cause

….06.1939

Ar - 68

Nikolay Jordanov

 

Pilot

Midair collision

……..1940

……

Dimitar Stef. Dimitrov

Pilot

Fire warning

30.07.1943

DAR - 9

Ivan Genov

Pilot

Lost leg accident

30.03.1944

D - 520

Ivan Kasyanov

Pilot

Shot down in combat

30.03.1944

D - 520

Bozhidar Kuzmov

Pilot

Shot down in combat

17.04.1944

D - 520

Atanas Krastev

Pilot

Shot down in combat

17.04.1944

Me - 109G6

Nedelcho Bonchev-first bail

Pilot

Shot down -> Bailed 3000m.

17.04.1944

Me - 109G6

Nayden Stoyanov

Pilot

Shot down in combat

17.04.1944

Me - 109G6

Nikolai Boshnakov

Pilot

Shot down in combat

17.04.1944

Me - 109G6

Victor Atanasov

Pilot

Shot down in combat

17.04.1944

Me - 109G6

Vladimir Aleksandrov

Pilot

Shot down in combat

……….1944

Avia - B534

Konstantin Peshev

Pilot

Engine problem after AAA

24.06.1944

Me - 109G6

Todor Rozev-first bailed

Pilot

Shot down in combat

08.09.1944

Me - 109G6

Nikola Valchev Nikolov

Pilot

Fire warning

15.09.1944

Avia - B534

Slavi Stoyanov

Pilot

AAA

17.09.1944

Me - 109G6

Marin Petrov

Pilot

AAA bailed 600m.

07.10.1944

Me - 109G6

Nedelcho Bonchev- second bailed

Pilot

AAA

03.11.1944

J - 87

Stoju Cafedjiev

Georgi Markov Georgiev

Pilot

Aerial gunner

 

Shot down in combat engine problem

18.11.1944

Me - 109G6

Spas Konstantinov

Pilot

AAA

18.11.1944

D - 520

Zlati Tilev

Pilot

AAA

16.07.1945

Me - 109G6

Mihail Uzunov

Pilot

Fire warning; bailed 100m.

15.08.1945

Bόcker Bestmann

Bogomil Simeonov

Pilot

Collided with flying training plane

26.03.1949

Yak - 9  M

Aleksandar Zarev

Pilot

Smoke in cockpit

06.05.1949

Pe - 2

Georgi  Tchobanov

Lubomir Orachev

Pilot

Radio operator

Shot down by mistake by another Bulgarian aircraft

27.05.1949

Yak – 9M

Todor Rozev – second bailed

Pilot

Midair collision

22.04.1952

Laz - 7

Petar Bisov

Pilot

Lost failure

09.07.1953

Tu - 2

Georgi Petrov

Stanju Kolev

Dinko Dunev

Velko Rusev

Dimitar Toshev

 

Pilot

Navigator

Radio operator

Radio operator

Radio operator

Collided with aircraft

06.07.1956

Laz - 7

Aleksandar Stoyanov

Pilot

Lost failure accident

15.09.1961

Yak - 11

Haralan Dimov

Pilot

Flying routine training collided

Bailed out - parachute – Bulgarian Aero Club

.…..08.1954

Glider

Doncho Slavovski

Pilot

Aircraft entered speed

.…..04.1959

Glider

Krastin Slavov

Pilot

Structural failure accident

28.07.1959

Glider

Angel Hristov

Pilot

Routine training – crashed

……07.1960

Glider

Marin Nankov

Pilot

Lost failure

…….08.1960

Glider

Ivan Dimitrov

Hristo Datzov

Pilot

Co-pilot

Aerobatic crashed structural failure

……...09.1961

Glider

Kiril Tonev

Pilot

Aircraft entered high speed-flutter

16.09.1957

Laz - 7

Kostadin Mavrov

Stoycho Ormanov

Pilot

Student

Hydraulic failure

21.06.1958

Po - 2

Filip Kirov Atanasov

Pilot

Crashed accident

Live Bulgarian ejection tests –Air Force

Date

Aircraft

Crew-parachutist ejected from

The rear seat of a :

18.09.1963

UTI MiG - 15

Stefan Kalapchiev – first ejection in Bulgaria…..1500 m -400km/h

19.09.1963

UTI MiG - 15

Stefan Kalapchiev -1000m – 400 km/h

25.08.1966

UTI MiG - 15

Ivan Krumov-3000m

25.08.1966

UTI MiG - 15

Chavdar Dzhurov -3000m

28.08.1966

UTI MiG - 15

Ivan Krumov – 15963m – parachuting world record

28.08.1966

UTI MiG - 15

Chavdar Dzhurov-15413m. parachuting world record

20.05.1967

UTI MiG - 15

Gocho Genkovski – 7000m

20.05.1967

UTI MiG - 15

Zlatan Zheljazkov – 7000m

20.05.1967

UTI MiG - 15

Dragan Ivanov – 7000m

23.05.1967

UTI MiG - 15

Ivan Krumov – 7000m

02.06.1968

UTI MiG - 15

Ivan Krumov – 1000m

17.05.1970

UTI MiG - 15

Ivan Krumov – 1200m

05.04.1974

UTI MiG - 15

Lubomir Pravchev – 1200m-350km/h

12.04.1974

UTI MiG - 15

Lubomir Pravchev – 1200m – 450km/h

Bulgarian Air Force – Live ejections

Date

Aircraft

Crew – pilot ejected from Aircraft-target

 20.06.1967 - 23.10.1967

MiG - 15

Docho Genkovski – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Zlatan Zhelyazkov – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Dragan Ivanov – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Docho Genkovski – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Zlatan Zhelyazkov – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Docho Genkovski – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Zlatan Zhelyazkov – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Docho Genkovski – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Zlatan Zhelyazkov – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Docho Genkovski – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Zlatan Zhelyazkov – 7000m – 700 km/h

MiG - 15

Docho Genkovski – 7000m – 700 km/h

The above people flew the target aircrafts and at 7000 m. they ejected. During their descent the target aircraftw were attacked and shot by groups of 6 MiG 21 fighters. This practice is thought to be unique to the Bulgarian Air Force

Chronological Listing of Bulgarian Air Force Ejections

Date

Aircraft

Crashed

Crew

27.10.1952

MiG - 15

Collided with IL -10

Pilot Grigor Ignatov ejected

12.05.1953

MiG - 15

Loss of control

Pilot Angel Kibarski ejected

15.07.1955

Yak - 17

Navigational problem

Pilot Vasil Vutov bailed

19.08.1956

MiG - 15

Entered high speed

Pilot Spas Dimitrov ejected -800m

31.08.1956

MiG - 15 bis

Loss of control

Pilot Petar Trifonov Petrov ejected -200m

29.03.1957

MiG - 15

Midair collision

Pilot Ivan Lakov ejected

04.09.1960

MiG - 19 C

Technical problem

Pilot Ilia Elenski ejected

02.09.1960

MiG - 15

Engine fire

Cadet pilot Petko Karamitev ejected 1500m-450km/h

23.06.1962

MiG - 19

Midair collision

Pilot Stoyan Kolev ejected

17.04.1963

MiG - 19 C

Night problems with control system

Pilot Georgi Stoyanov ejected – 2500m

16.03.1966

MiG - 17

Night radio failure

Pilot Ivan Karakushev ejected 1700m-320km/h

20.07.1967

MiG - 19 C

Technical bombing problem

Pilot Hristo Petrinski ejected 1670m-500km/h

13.09.1968

MiG - 19 PM

Night navigational problem

Pilot Stefan Lovdzhiev ejected 3500m – 320 km/h

03.04.1969

MiG - 19 C

Engine failure, loss of control

Pilot Hristo Lazarov ejected 1400m-650 km/h

01.11.1969

MiG - 19 C

Engine failure

Pilot Lubomir Panekov ejected 600m-350km/h

22.11.1969

MiG - 19 P

Engine and loss failure

Pilot Chavdar Apostolov ejected 2700m – 520 km/h

14.08.1970

MiG - 17

Loss of control

Cadet pilot Mitko Nikolov ejected 1200m-100km/h

07.06.1971

MiG - 21 PFM

Night smoke in cockpit

Pilot Nikolay Rinkov ejected 1500m-930km/h

27.11.1971

MiG - 19 C

Loss of control

Pilot Zdravko Velichkov ejected 5500m-600km/h

14.02.1972

MiG - 17

Problems with a control system

Pilot Hristo Ivanov ejected 2000m-700km/h

13.01.1973

MiG 21 – F13

Engine failure

Pilot Vasil Sotirov ejected 300m-450km/h

22.05.1973

MiG 17

Loss of control

Cadet pilot Benio Totev Benev ejected 3000m -300km/h

14.07.1973

MiG 21 – F13

Entered high speed

Pilot Stefan Petkov ejected 3500m – 320 km/h

07.12.1973

MiG - 21 P

Entered high speed

Pilot Stoycho Sevdalov ejected 1500m – 400km/h

27.07.1974

MiG - 21

Loss of control

Pilot Dimitar Kolev ejected 1200m

26.08.1974

MiG -21 M

Engine fire – command ejected

Pilot Ivan Gotev ejected – 2000m

30.01.1979

L-29

Loss of control

Cadet Miladin Cherkezov-sommand ejected

06.04.1979

MiG-21 PFM

Loss of control system

Pilot Rasho Hristov Radkov ejected 1300m-600km/h

12.07.1980

MiG - 17

Navigational problem

Cadet pilot Nikolai Tihov ejected 700m

17.09.1980

MiG -21 M

Loss of control

Pilot Dinio Petkov ejected 2000 m

15.08.1981

MiG – 21 UM

Bird strike, structural failure

Pilot Mitko Dimov

Co-pilot Vladimir Alexandrov ejected automatic 2500m

28.08.1981

U MiG – 15

Problems with a control system

Pilot Rumen Boychev

Cadet pilot Boris Georgiev ejected 3000m-750 km/h

26.05.1982

MiG – 21 MF

Crashed on landing

Pilot Georgi Toshov ejected 8m-340km/h

15.09.1983

MiG - 23 MF

Structural failure

Pilot Stefan Kurdov ejected 800m

24.10.1983

MiG – 17

Problem with landing gear

Pilot Toncho Arsov ejected 800m

27.01.1984

MiG – 21 MF

Hydraulic failure

Pilot Georgi Popov ejected 2000m -600km/h

12.04.1984

MiG – 25 RB

Navigational problem

Pilot Liudmil Cholakov ejected night – 1000m

14.04.1984

MiG – 21 M

Engine failure

Pilot Marin Nachev ejected 2300m

28.07.1984

MiG – 23 MF

Hydraulic failure

Pilot Radoslav Petkov ejected 100m – 350km/h

07.08.1984

MiG – 23 BN

Engine failure and fire

Pilot Ivan Dochev Ivanov ejected 150m

30.10.1984

MiG – 21 MF

Problem with landing gear

Pilot Ignat Nachev ejected 1200m

19.03.1985

MiG – 21 UM

Problem with landing gear

Pilot Ivan Todorov

Co-pilot Angel Georgiev ejected 2150m

07.06.1985

MiG – 23 ML

Midair collision

Pilot Anton Vachkov ejected 550m

22.06.1985

MiG – 21 F13

Landing accident

Pilot Stoyan Chalakov ejected 1-1.5 m

19.08.1986

MiG – 23 BN

Engine failure

Pilot Stefan Sinev ejected 200m

25.04.1987

MiG – 23 UB

Loss of landing control

parachute accident

Pilot Slavi Pavlov

Pilot Kalcho Tanev ejected 0 m – 330 km/h

31.03.1988

MiG – 21 PFM

Entered high speed

Pilot Tsetso Tsakov – ejected 30m

22.06.1989

MiG – 21 UB

Loss of control

Pilot Hristo Mladenov

Co-pilot Georgi Stoymenov ejected 1500m

13.10.1989

MiG – 23 BN

Engine fire

Pilot Boyan Petkov ejected 700m

06.04.1990

MiG – 23 MF

Problem with control system

Pilot Toshko Petrov ejected 9300m

17.07.1990

MiG – 23 BN

Night failure, loss control

Pilot Biser Boychev ejected 1600m-750 km/h

03.07.1991

MiG – 23 MF

Loss of control

Pilot Petar Velichkov ejected 600m

08.02.1993

Su25 – 1 BK

Technical problem on ground

Pilot Mihail Yanakiev ejected at zero altitude 0 km/h

03.08.1994

MiG – 23 BN

Engine failure

Pilot Veselin Petkov ejected 800m

28.01.1997

MiG – 21 MFP

Bird strike – engine failure

Pilot Plamen Denkov ejected 30m

16.07.1998

MiG – 21 MF

Loss of control before landing

Pilot Radostin Dimitrov ejected 40m

26.04.2012

MiG – 29 UB

Fire at the exhaust nozzle

Pilot Ilia Doychinov

Co-pilot Petar Metodiev – 200m

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