Old Soviet Aircraft near Sofia Airport T1

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Bulevard Bruksel, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Old Soviet Aircraft near Sofia Airport T1 Jul 10, 2017
For aviation enthusiasts, there are two beautiful Soviet-built aircraft displayed close to Terminal 1, serving as “gate guardians” for the Bulgaria Air tower and other administrative buildings nearby. These are a Hemus Air Yakovlev Yak 40 and a Tupolev TU-134, also from Hemus Air. The aircraft were built in the 1970s and while the colour of the TU-134 has faded, the Yak 40 looks really fine. Both jets were typically seen on shorter routes in Eastern European countries. While the TU-134 was developed from a bomber from which early jet aircraft such as TU-104 derived, the Yak 40 was seen as the world's first regional jet and was even exported to the west in limited numbers. Both aircraft types are only in limited service worldwide now and soon will be gone from the skies. Therefore, I just hope that Bulgaria Air puts some effort in preserving these two jets which form part of their history. Their history? Yes, Hemus Air was a small airline which later grew to become Bulgaria's national carrier, Bulgaria Air.

Access to the ground where the aircraft are parked is free and without problem. However, the inside of the aircraft is not open to the public. This is clearly a special interest tip, so no reason to drive out to the airport for it. However, if you are remotely interested in this topic and have a flight leaving from / arriving at Terminal 1, why don't just have a look?
Former Hemus Air Yak 40 aircraft
Former Hemus Air TU-134 aircraft
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planxty says:
I know nothing about aeroplanes but these look great.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2017
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