Air Museum Plovdiv
Air Museum Plovdiv
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ekaterina Ilieva
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
We've been hearing for this museum for a long time, so we decided to spend the first sunny Sunday there. It turned out to be one of the best choices for a family walk (my daughter didn't stop running and it is alowed outside) - with bonus enrichment of our historical knowledge. The museum has an inside exsibit, which to be honest you should not miss. It has two sections - one for the history of aircraft in Bulgaria and one for a short historical review of spaceflights (and there's a real capsule that returned from space). Outside there are many real planes and helicopters, and it is pure joy to walk among them. All of them have been used and some are from WWII. I strongly recomend paying for a tour, since you'll learn a lot of things and get an understanding for the historical value of what you're seeing. Also the guides are charming! Overall this is a great place! I loved it and I'm not one of them plane persons.
Written March 11, 2018
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
The Air Museum is worth a visit not only if you like airplanes. It is located next to Plovdiv Airport and It has 2 large exhibitions - indoors and outdoors, both of them extensive and interesting.
Lots of helicopters, airplanes - fighters, sports, military, transport and passenger - that were used by the Bulgarian Air Forces or the ex Bulgarian air carrier "Balkan" (most of them Russian or made in the ex-Communist countries), anti-aircraft missiles, etc can be seen outdoors. There is a small info board next to each exhibit giving some technical and tactical data.
Indoors you can read a lot about the Bulgarian aviation from its very beginning as well as many facts regarding the contributions and achievements in the area of cosmonautics made by Bulgaria - various de-hydrated food for cosmonauts developed in Bulgaria, etc. The original space-suit of the first Bulgarian cosmonaut Georgi Ivanov is also kept and exhibited there along with the original landing capsule from the joint space flight with the Soviet cosmonaut Nikolay Rukavishnikov in 1979. Also on display are aircraft engines, missile and machine-gun equipment for aircraft, catapulting simulator and many other objects.
All the detailed information is given both in Bulgarian and English.
Definitely recommended!
Written January 14, 2018
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Dom O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
I visited on a cold day between Christmas and New Years Eve and the place was totally deserted. This was great. I have been to many aviation museums around the world (including Smithsonian, Hendon, Duxford, Castle AFB) and this is the most quirky one I've been to. Nearly everything is outside, there's a lot of rusty old jets, helicopters and other planes, a Mig 15 sitting in field rotting away, a biplane with the wings falling off but get over it. There are no museums I have been to that you have an opportunity to get up and close with some eastern-bloc planes. There is a slow but steady restoration program going on with the aircraft that are there and there are a lot of planes in really good condition. It's not Udvar-Hazy or Duxford, it IS somewhere where you can touch the planes, touch a Soyuz capsule that's been in orbit, and have a great tour one a one-on-one basis with the director. For me this is better than any of those places and really great. Also, you won't see the Arado anywhere else.
Written January 4, 2016
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Djh612
Greater London, UK122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The largest and best aviation museum in Bulgaria. It is located at Krumovo Air Base on the south side of Plovdiv Airport. It has about 70 exhibits including a unique Arado WW2 floatplane. The general public and aviation enthusiasts alike will all find something of interest to see here.
Written October 22, 2019
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Miriana T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
The museum is located immediately next to the Krumovo airbase, on the same territory. The museum is divided into outdoor and indoor exhibitions. The interior, which is indoors, presents a photo historical and model material of the history of the Bulgarian aviation from the first balloon flight, during the bombing over Edirne, the aircraft construction in Caproni, Kazanlak to the flight of Georgi Ivanov into space. The outdoor exhibit is remarkable — fighter jets and helicopters, transport and civilian specimens — well worth a visit to the museum. I recommend it!
Written October 2, 2019
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Martin M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
An interesting exposition of military, transport and agricultural aircraft, mainly production of countries from the former social camp.
There are also exhibits from the space flight of G. Ivanov - the original landing capsule, his space suit, space food - Bulgarian production and more.
I think it would be interesting for anyone with at least a slight interest in aviation.
The exposure is worth it!
Written October 2, 2019
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Mihai Alexandru
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
For a short visit from Plovdiv, this is well worth one full hour. I did so in sweltering heat, and ended up loving it. The outside display is possibly the best outdoor air park for a smalish museum, spaciously distributed. It includes a few rarities, including the only Arado Ar 196, and some airplanes, though not the most, are recently refreshed.
Written August 26, 2019
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TravelTrooperX2
San Mateo, CA1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
I am not the historical airplane enthusiast like my husband is, however, I can appreciate it. There are planes spanning the decades including many types of MIGs. All the planes are restored and beautifully displayed in the outdoor museum. The indoor museum gave the historical background of Bulgaria’s quest for flight which coincided with the time of the Wright Brothers. The history lesson continued through both WWI and WWII through to present day. We arrived at opening and had the place to ourselves until a group of well-behaved school children arrived. There is a parking lot, but the lot is shared with the on-duty military, so there were very few spots left at 9am. Ticket was CASH only, paid at the entrance of the indoor museum. We spent 2-1/2 hours there. Each plane on exhibit had detailed localized signage stating all the plane's specs. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Well worth a visit!
Written June 15, 2018
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KateinCastle
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
We visited here with a 4 year old boy and his grandfather, and all enjoyed it. There was an amazing number of planes, including MIG fighter jets, to see. and you can get right up to them and have a close look. It was good for the kids as there is no problem with running around and touching the displays. If you visit, you must go into the museum - we nearly missed it. It contains the space pod and suits etc. from the first Bulgarian Cosmonaut, and again you can get a really close look.
The train from Plovdiv to Asenovgrad stops just outside, so is really convenient, although the trains are only every hour or so so check the timetable.
Written April 7, 2016
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Daniel V
Sofia Region, Bulgaria135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
This big outdoor museum is situated outside of Plovdiv at a old Airforce base next the airport of Plovdiv.The easiest way to get there from the city is to take a train from Plovdiv central railway station.It is very cheap and should take about 20 mins or so.The train stops right outside one of the entrances of the airbase so you won't miss it.Can't remember the exact entry fee but it was very cheap and affordable.The place is big and could get very hot in the summer and there is practically no shade so wear comfortable shoes,a proper hat and bring your supplies of mineral water.

While on the outside you will see mainly soviet era aircraft and most of them are not in a good condition at all. (The museum cannot get enough funding so some it looks a little bit like a junk yard).There is , however, an ongoing initiative for restoration so you will see that some aircraft are restored to their original condition and look fabulous (One IL-10 for example).The highlight of the outer exhibition is an Arado Ar 195 torpedo bomber used by Bulgarian air force during WWII.There are only 3 left in the world.

You should not forget to check the inner exhibitions and there are a few buildings to explore.Sadly not enough English translations exist ,but there is plenty to see inside.Don't forget to check one of the hangars - it contains bulgarian designed vintage aircraft dating back to the Balkan wars more than a 100 years ago.Bulgarians were pioneers in air war and among the first nations in the world to uses aircraft for active combat (bombing etc.).

Overall this place is fantastic for somebody who is interested in aviation,but still interesting enough for everybody else so don't hesitate to give it a visit
Written July 3, 2015
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