Flight of the Yugoslav Ikarus – Part II

Ikarus AD was an aviation, vehicle and machinery manufacturer established in Novi Sad, Serbia in 1923.  The production facilities of Ikarus were destroyed in World War Two but rebuilt in 1946 and soon nationalised by the new Tito lead Yugoslav communist government. The following is the final of a two-part series and covers the key jet aircraft developed by Ikarus… Read More Flight of the Yugoslav Ikarus – Part II

Flight of the Yugoslav Ikarus – Part I

Ikarus AD was an aviation, vehicle and machinery manufacturer established in Novi Sad, Serbia in 1923.  The production facilities of Ikarus were destroyed in World War Two but rebuilt in 1946 and soon nationalised by the new Tito led Yugoslav communist government. The following is part one of a two-part series and covers the key glider and piston engined aircraft… Read More Flight of the Yugoslav Ikarus – Part I

Serbian Air Force “Boneyard” at the Belgrade Aeronautical Museum

Out the back of the Belgrade Aeronautical Museum at the Nikola Tesla International Airport sits the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence aircraft “Boneyard” (the aircraft are owned by the museum now though). Here you can see many old airframes of both Soviet and Yugoslav origin set out in a large secured area. Although you can view the… Read More Serbian Air Force “Boneyard” at the Belgrade Aeronautical Museum

Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1998 to 2006 – Kosovo and the End

From April 1992 the Yugoslav Air Force officially became the Air Force of Serbia and Montenegro (Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo Srbije i Crne Gore – RVSiCG) and was now the air force of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The RVSiCG roundel changed from the old red star in a blue circle, to a 3 bar blue, red and white roundel that reflected the… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1998 to 2006 – Kosovo and the End

Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1953 to 1979 – The Jet Age II (Home-Grown Aviation)

In my previous post I discussed the June 1948 break in ties between communist Yugoslavia and the Stalinist Soviet Union,  who were trying to exert more control in the defence affairs of Yugoslavia. As a result the Yugoslav Air Force (JRV) needed to look to NATO countries, especially the United States for the supply of combat… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1953 to 1979 – The Jet Age II (Home-Grown Aviation)

Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1953 to 1979 – The Jet Age I (US & Soviet Aircraft)

Post World War Two The communist Yugoslav Air Force (Jugoslavensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo – JRV) was officially formed on January 5th, 1945. The JRV originated from British and Soviet trained and equipped air units operating in support of the Josep Broz Tito led communist partisan liberation of Yugoslavia from Axis control during World War Two (April 6th, 1941 to May 15th,… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1953 to 1979 – The Jet Age I (US & Soviet Aircraft)