Fancy a MiG or a Russian made Mil Mi helicopter? A Yak-18 trainer aircraft perhaps? Get ‘m while you can in Albania, where fourty former military aircraft are to be auctioned off on 22 February. They include ten MiG-19s, six MiG-21s, six Yak-18s and four Mi-4 helicopters.
The auction has already drawn interest from potential buyers worldwide, the Albanian ministry of defense in Tirana claims. They should not expect the aircraft to be in great shape, though. Albania is known to have stored a large amount of military jets for many years. Most famous is the storage at Kuçovë airbase, where dozens of jets are line up in open air.
The aircraft concerned are Russian made or Chinese copies of Russian designs. During the Cold War, Albania was able to field over a 140 fighter jets. Currently, helicopters form the country’s only airborne military capability.
Tirana expects the auction to haul in close to half a million USD. Parties interested are said to be private collectors and several museums.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Dozens of the old fighter force are parked at Kuçovë (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)