To solve The Great Puzzle of Eastern European Aircraft I need all the help I can get! I am not looking for technical data of aircraft produced in Eastern Europe since this kind of info is readily available in various magazines, books and on the internet. What kind of information am I looking for? I am trying to determine the individual history of each aircraft produced in Eastern Europe and/or delivered to an airforce in this region and other parts of the world. I am researching the career of certain types in use with the airforces specified; dates of delivery and withdrawal, use in wars, surplus aircraft sales to other countries, aircraft delivered to museums, anecdotes, crashes etc etc etc.

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I would like to hear from you if you can provide aircraft serial/factory/manufacturer/construction numbers and/or tail/bort/side numbers or any other relevant info. I am trying to compile complete productionlists and individual histories for these aircraft. Any info gratefully recieved at the e-mail address at the bottom of the page. If necessary the provided info will be treated with care.

I have a number of specific questions in which I need your help, these are mentioned below.


-info on quantity delivered, individual details and career of aircraft supplied (and in particular L-39, MiG-21 and MiG-23) to the airforces of Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Vietnam, India etc etc etc.


-number of MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-21PFM/R/M/MF/U/US/UM, MiG-23MF/UB, Mi-8, IAR316, IAR330 and IAR93 aircraft delivered (and individual histories as well as serialnumbers).

-crash info from the Communist period (pre-1989) and more info on crashes that occured after 1989.


-To complete my research on BVVS MiG-21s I would like to know the serialnumbers and fate of the following MiG-21s:

-MiG-21PFM 76, 77 and MiG-21bis 97

-details of MiG-21s preserved at Gabrovnitsa and Ravnets.

I have many other questions! If you think you can help, please e-mail me at

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