WITH VIDEO: Serbia’s fighter collection

You could call it Serbia's own little AMARG, the store compound next to the Museum of Aviation at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Visible in this picture are Soko J-21 Jastrebs, J-22 Oraos and two MiG-21s. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
You could call it Serbia’s own little AMARG, the store compound next to the Museum of Aviation at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Visible in this picture are Soko J-21 Jastrebs, J-22 Oraos and two MiG-21s. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Two years ago, the Airheadsfly.com editorial team was in Belgrade to witness the 100th anniversary of the Serbian Air Force. On that occasion, we also visited Muzej Vazduhoplovstva (otherwise known as Aeronautical Museum) next to Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport. What struck us there, was the large number of stored fighter planes. What struck us just now, was a great video showing those aircraft.

The video below was filmed by a drone and shows the collection of the museum. However, it gets interesting after the 3.10 minute mark, when dozens of stored fighter aircraft are shown from above. The aircraft technically are not part of the museum: they are part of the 1995 Dayton agremeent which brought peace to Bosnia and forced Serbia to put a large number of fighter aircraft out of use. The planes are stored next to the museum in clear view of inspecting satellites.

F-117 wreckage
The stored aircraft include MiG-21 Fishbeds, plus locally produced G-4 Super Galebs, J-21 Jastrebs and J-22 Oraos among others. What the video doesn’t show, is the wreckage of the US Air Force Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk that was shot down by the Serbs on 27 March 1999 during the NATO air campaign against Serbia. Parts of it are however on display inside the museum.

The F-117A canopy inside the museum. Note the pilot's helmet. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
The F-117A canopy inside the museum. Note the pilot’s helmet in the middle of the picture. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A close up of Jastrebs and two Oraos, plus a MiG-21 tail on the top left. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A close up of Jastrebs and two Oraos, plus a MiG-21 tail on the top left. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

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