Dozens of the old fighter force are parked at Kuçovë, where they get visited every once in a while (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)

Get your MiGs – plus more – in Albania

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.

Old times: an Albanian MiG-19 rolled out of its shelter. (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
Old times: an Albanian MiG-19 rolled out of its shelter. (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)

Cold War

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)

Kuçovë Airbase is where the Albanian Air Force keeps its fighter aircraft in still pretty fair shape. Until 2005 the country operated a mixture of Russian-made and Chinese copies of the MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19 and MiG-21. Four of them form an honour guard at Kuçovë (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
(Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)