Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1991 – 1996 The Yugoslav Wars

In the decades following World War Two, the socialist state of Yugoslavia became a seemingly wonderful, vibrant place with diverse cultures and strong leadership under Josip Broz Tito. In reality as the decades rolled on, the nations republics experienced economic, political, nationalist and ideological problems that worsened in the 1980’s. The 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics highlighted the beauty… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1991 – 1996 The Yugoslav Wars

Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1980’s Modernization

In the 1980’s the Yugoslav Air Force and Air Defence (Jugoslavensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo i Protivvazdushna Odbrana – JRViPVO) backbone was the Soviet supplied Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed fighter aircraft. Yugoslavia received 277 MiG-21 variants in total between 1962 and 1977. Many older variants were retired during the 1980’s and 1990’s but the definitive version, the 100 MiG-21bis Fishbed L fighters delivered in… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1980’s Modernization

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)