Air International 1994-08
D.Bernad - Romania's Hidden Gems /Veteran & Vintage/
MiG-21F-13 Fishbed C Red 711, displayed in the Museum of Aviation, represents the main Romanian interceptor fighter of the 1960s.
The Lavochkin La-9 was intended to replace the ageing Messerschmitt Bf 109s. However, as the Bf 109Gs remained in operation until the mid 1950s, the La-9 saw only limited service with the Fortele Aeriene ale Republicii Populare Romane (Romanian Air Force). Red 66 is displayed at the Museum of Aviation.
Recently-retired Britten-Norman BN-2A, Black 130, made in Romania under British licence, represents the VIP fleet and is now displayed at the Museum of Aviation. Over 500 Islanders have been manufactured at IRMA-Bucharest since 1969.
One of the highlights of the National Military Museum is an original Fleet F-10G training aircraft exhibited in a colourful prewar scheme.
This authentic Nardi FN.305, on display in the National Military Museum, is an example of the 'Green Nardi' - the intermediate training aircraft of the Romanian Air Force during 1936-1950.
The Vlaicu Nr 2, designed by Aurel Vlaicu and built in 1911 was the first successful Romanian aircraft. This full-scale model is displayed in the National Military Museum.