MiG-21M


The 19 IAP at Graf Ignatievo took delivery of (again) twelve MiG-21M type 96 aircraft from batch 6 and 7 in August 1969. These were followed by three batch 23 aircraft in early 1970 (build 1969). All aircraft received a three-digit bortnumber. Five were lost in crashes (of which two were fatal) before the type was phased out at Uzundzhovo with 21 IAP in 1990. Another five were scrapped at Graf Ignatievo with a further five surviving to this day at Graf Ignatievo, Krumovo or Uzundzhovo.

Picture: guarding the gate at the deserted base of Uzundzhovo is MiG-21M 960611/411.


Bulgarian AF MiG-21M numbers

Note: on paper (not on the aircraft itself) the s/n is prefixed 96

serialnumber
bord
delivery date
remarks
0608
108
August 1969
Graf Ignatievo
0609
209
August 1969
scrapped
0610
310
August 1969
scrapped
0611
411
August 1969
Uzundzhovo
0612
512
August 1969
crashed 03 November 1971
0613
613
August 1969
Krumovo Museum
0614
714
August 1969
crashed 26 August 1974
0615
815
August 1969
crashed 17 September 1980
0701
101
August 1969
crashed 21 June 1977
0702
202
August 1969
scrapped
0703
303
August 1969
scrapped
0704
404
August 1969
crashed 17 June 1984
2309
109
August 1970
scrapped
2310
210
August 1970
Graf Ignatievo
2311
311
August 1970
Graf Ignatievo TEREM

Note: In a hangar at Graf Ignatievo/TEREM seven unidentified MiG-21s are stored. So more Ms might have survived........

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©Robin Polderman 2002