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

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)

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)

Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1941 to 1952

Royal Yugoslav Air Force The original Royal Yugoslav Air Force operated from 1918 to 1941 and at the start of World War Two was equipped with a large number of modern combat aircraft from numerous nations which were purchased directly and licence-built. These included Bristol Blenheim I (61), Dornier DO-17K (69) and Savoia-Marchetti SM.79K (40) bombers and… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1941 to 1952