The Bulgarian Air Force is to train new MiG-29 pilots for the first time in ten years.
August 13: Sofia news agency Novinite.com reports that the Bulgarian Air Force is to train new MiG-29 pilots for the first time in ten years.
The report says Major General Valentin Popov, head of the training for the Bulgarian Air Force has confirmed that six pilots would be trained at Graf Ignatievo Air Base and another six at Bezmer Air Base by the end of the year.
The Bulgarian Air Force currently operates nine single-seat MiG-29 Fulcrum-As and four twin-seat Fulcrum-Bs, but has seven Fulcrum-As in storage. It intends to bring the operational fleet up to 16 aircraft, creating the need for additional pilots.