Bulgarian Air Force

The Bulgarian Air Force (Bulgarian: Военновъздушни сили, romanized: Voennovazdushni sili) is one of the three branches of the Military of Bulgaria, the other two being the Bulgarian Navy and Bulgarian land forces. Its mission is to guard and protect the sovereignty of Bulgarian airspace, to provide aerial support and to assist the Land Forces in case of war. The Bulgarian Air Force is the oldest air forces in Europe and the world. In recent times it has been actively taking part in numerous NATO missions and exercises in Europe.

Bulgarian Air Force
Военновъздушни сили
Voennovazdushni sili
Emblem of the Bulgarian Air Force
Founded20 April 1906 (1906-04-20)
Country Bulgaria
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size6,500 active duty personnel
72 aircraft
Part ofBulgarian Armed Forces
Anniversaries16 October
CommanderMajor General Dimitar Petrov
Vice CommanderBrigadier General Petyo Mirchev
Aircraft flown
HelicopterMil Mi-17, Eurocopter AS 532 Cougar, Bell 206
Attack helicopterMil Mi-24
TrainerL-39, PC-9
TransportL-410, C-27J Spartan, Pilatus PC-12, An-26

The current commanding officer of the Bulgarian Air Force is Major General Tsanko Stoychev.