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: 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: 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)

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)