Cheshnegirovo Air Base

Cheshnegirovo Air Base/Sadovo (ICAO code: Z07T) used to house the 25th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment (flying MiG-23BN/UBs) of the 10th Composite Aviation Corps. Located in central Bulgaria, north east of Plovdiv. According to the major restructuring plans it became the first regiment to convert to an air base structure. Briefly it housed the entire Bulgarian MiG-23 fleet after which it became inactive.

25th Fighter-Bomber Air Base (Cheshnegirovo)

Summary
Airport type Former Military Air Base
Operator Bulgarian Air Force
Location Cheshnegirovo, Bulgaria
Elevation AMSL 604 ft / 184 m
Coordinates

42°6′50″N24°59′29″E

Map

Cheshnegirovo Air Base
Location within Bulgaria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8,345 x 170 ft 2,544 x 52 m Concrete

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Alternate name Sadovo. Also spelled ‘Tcheshnigirovo’. Date when built – 1951. Home of 25 Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment of 10th Composite Air Corps, with the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 “Fresco”. In 1976 it received the MiG-23BN. The base closed in 2000 and is now used for the storage of aircraft. There are reports that the 68 Special Forces Brigade will move here from Plovdiv.

Runway data: Location: N42 06 50.91 E024 59 34.59, Elev: 604 ft (184 m), Rwy 10/28, Size: 8345 x 170 ft (2544 x 52 m), concrete.

External image
Cheshnegirovo Air Base after close
MiG-23BN Flogger in Cheshnegirovo Air Base
Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
06 7942/0393215766 1981 Preserved Rakovski Apr 2003
20 6542/0393209520 1978 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
21 6543/0393209521 1978 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
23 6545/0393209523 1978 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
30 6546/0393209530 1978 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
31 6547/0393209531 1978 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
36 6548/0393209536 1978 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
37 6549/0393209537 1978 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
39 6641/0393209539 1978 w/o 7 August 1984
48 7843/0393215748 1981 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
49 7844/0393215749 1981 w/o 3 August 1994
50 7845/0393215750 1981 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
51 5650/0393208751 1976 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
52 7846/0393215752 1981 w/o 16 Sept 1986
53 7847/0393215753 1981 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
54 7848/0393215754 1981 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
55 6344/0393209355 1977 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
56 6345/0393209356 1977 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
57 6346/0393209357 1977 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
58 6347/0393209358 1977 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
60 7849/0393215760 1981 Stored Graf Ignatievo May 2004
61 7850/0393215761 1981 Stored Graf Ignatievo May 2004
63 7941/0393215763 1981 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
65 6348/0393209365 1977 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
66 6349/0393209366 1977 Preserved Cheshnegirovo Town Apr 2003
67 6350/0393209367 1977 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
70 5644/0393208370 1976 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
75 5645/0393208375 1976 Stored Dobrich Sept 2002
77 7943/0393215777 1981 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
79 5646/0393208379 1976 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
80 7944/0393215780 1981 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
90 5649/0393208400 1976 Dolna Mitropoliya
91 5647/0393208391 1976 Chopped in Cheshnegirovo Apr 2007
93 1976 w/o 19.08.1986 г.

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)

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