Aircraft of the First Balkan War 1912

1. Albatros F.2
Serial no. unknown, Bulgarian Aviation Corps, 1912. This machine is shown as it appeared on 16 October 1912. It was piloted by Lt. Radoul Milkov. The aircraft is finished in an overall factory scheme of Clear Doped Linen with Varnished Wood struts. Bulgarian national colours are carried on the outer rudder surfaces in horizontal stripes of White, Green and Red. Note that the F.2 had three rudders - the central rudder remained in Clear Doped Linen. Wing markings, if applied, are unknown.

2. Blériot XI-2 Artillerie
Serial no. unknown, Bulgarian Aviation Corps, 1912. This French-built military Blériot is shown finished in an overall scheme of Clear Doped Linen with Varnished Wood struts. The metal cowling and top fuselage decking remain in a Natural Metal finish. This aircraft was flown by the Italian pilot Giovanni Sabelli with the Bulgarian Major Vasil Zlatarov as his observer on reconnaissance and leaflet dropping missions. As far as is known Bulgarian national colours were not carried on the wings, but were carried on the rudder, in White, Green and Red.

Text and images taken from Issue 13 of Insignia Magazine.

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