Preservation of the tangible and intangible values of a nation has always been a criterion of its historical memory. A symbol of respect and homage to the Bulgarian pilots having died in fulfillment of their combat duties is the Memorial standing there, as well as some monuments – to the hero of World War 2 – Captain Dimitar Spisarevski, having done the first air ram at the defence of Sofia; to Lieutenant-colonel Spas Sodev and the perished pilots from Cheshnegirovo Airport; to the alumni graduates of 1986 having died in fulfillment of their service duties.
ЕIn the outdoor exhibition area are situated also some aircrafts – airplanes and helicopters of military, transport, sports and agricultural aviation.
The exhibition starts with the oldest item – the German Arado-196 A3 Shark hydroplane.
Then follow the veterans of the World War 2 – the contour-fighter Il-2, called also “The Flying Tank”, the legendary fighter Yak-9, the bomber-torpedo carrier Tu-2.
There are exhibited the first reactive aircrafts having been in service in Bulgaria: Yak-23 and MiG-15UTI as well as compositionally arranged in series aircrafts MiG-17, MiG -19, MiG-21 and MiG-23. There are presented also some planes of the series Suhoy – the planes Su 22.
The history of the Bulgarian civil aviation is represented by some planes Il-14 and An-24; that of the agricultural aviation – with Zlin “Z-37”A, as well as with the multifunctional An-2, and the planes Yak-50, Yak-52 and Zlin-326 “Acrobat” are part of the sports aviation history.
Helicopter aviation is represented with all types of helicopters having been in use in Bulgaria: Mi-4, Mi-1, Mi-2, Mi-8, Mi-14, Mi-24 and Ka-26. Of great interest is the unique construction of the Bulgarian engineer Nikolaj Popovski – H11B1.
Radio-location stations, movable auxiliary command points (ACP) and rocket launchers add our notions of the Bulgarian Air Force.