View Full Version : Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force
21st February 2002, 15:22
I usualy read the messages on this board. This time I will like to start one more picture challenge. How about the Albanian Air Force, air arm of the most isolated and secret country in Europe in the prevous 50 years. As with the Syrian Air Force, the number of pictures of Albanian military aircraft on the web is close to zero. And when you find something, you will see that they are of very bad quality. So, let see what you can do about this challenge. Any picture (especialy colour) of Albanain Air Force MiG-21, Il-14, An-2, Yak-18, Mi-4 or anything else will be great success for the people that are ready to take this challenge. So, the Olimpic games are open...Try to win the gold.
21st February 2002, 15:41
few snaps of the Albanian AF.....MIG 21, MIG 19 and 2 Aloutte III choppers. The Albanian AF also has about 10 more MIG 21s on order from Ukrain and is planning to upgrade the present MIG 21s with help of ISrael....
21st February 2002, 15:44
oh and this is the national mark put on the aircrafts.....
21st February 2002, 15:58
these links seem relevant :
this comes from the latter, which seems rather interesting.
21st February 2002, 16:55
As I can see, current replies confirm my statement that you will not find good quality pictures of Albanian Air Force aircraft on the net. Kabir, thank you for your effort but I am almost sure that the photos that you have posted are not taken in Albania. I think that MiG-21 photos are from Russian museum and also you can clearly see the Franch Army identification on the tail of the helicopter that you have posted.
However, looking for good photos of Albanian aircraft I found that reports on this air arm has been publushed in:
Air Forces Research No.12
Air International/December 1992 page 305
World Air Power Journal No.5 p.140
So, if someone here own anything of this, it will be great to scan and post some rare beautifull colour photo of Albanian Air Force aircraft.
Keep on the fight for the gold...
21st February 2002, 19:26
Even rarer are pics of Albanian aircraft in flight :-)
Sorry, poor joke. Hope the Albanians get it together and build a professional little AF.
21st February 2002, 21:24
Here is a US aircraft that fell into Albanian hands during the 1950s. This T-33A, serial 51-4413, was forced down by Albanian fighter aircraft on the 23rd December 1957. The T-33 was assigned to the 3131st Maintenance Group at Chateauroux, France and was more than likely on a delivery flight to possibly Greece when forced down. The aircraft is still on display at the Military Museum in Gjirokaster, Albania. The US pilot was returned to US authorities.
22nd February 2002, 04:50
Interesting info about that T-33 (another plane I just love!). So, does Albania still use the MiG-15 (J-4) and/or MiG-17 (J-5)?
22nd February 2002, 06:27
What I found
22nd February 2002, 12:19
PII - china never made the mig 15 under liscene, aparently the number 4 is siad like dea th in chinese so they start at 5. ie the mig 17 was built under liscene as j5. the traiuner made out of mig 15 and 17 was is called ft-5 i think
22nd February 2002, 12:44
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 22-02-02 AT 01:55 PM (GMT)]the last one is a Dutch alouette III and the first one is a russian mig.
Type Quantity Role Origin
Shenyang F-7A/MiG-21 22 Interception China
Shenyang F-6/MiG-19 32 Interception China
Shenyang FT-6/MiG-19 1 Training China
Shenyang F-4/MiG-17F 2 Fighter-Bomber China
Shenyang F-5/MiG-17PF 11 Fighter-Bomber China
Shenyang FT-5 3 Training China
Shenyang F-2/MiG-15bis 13 Fighter-Bomber China
Shenyang FT-2/MiG-15UTI 11 Training China
Nanchang CJ-6 6 Training China
Nanchang Y-5/An-2 11* Transport China
Harbin Z-5/Mi-4 40* Transport China
Mil Mi-8T 1 Transport ?
AS.350B Ecureuil 3 Transport France
Bell 222UT 1 Transport USA
Alouette III 4 Liaison Switzerland
22nd February 2002, 13:41
Every hour we are getting better and better. Now we already have great drawings of Albanian Air Force aircrfat, but still there is no picture of Albanian military aircraft.
However, I bealive that someone there will suprise us with some greta photo of this secret air arm.
Regards to all,
27th February 2002, 17:02
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 27-02-02 AT 06:03 PM (GMT)]Here are some pics of Albanian Air Force - this time really PICS! ;) I collected them in the internet.
Have fun with them!
27th February 2002, 21:31
the aircraft in the middle picture, the transports, what type are they? ilyushin-14s?
28th February 2002, 11:39
Yes, the transports are Il-14 Crate. Two were deliveres by the German Democratic Republic (VEB) and one by Czechoslovakia (Avia) in the 1970s. They are said to be still operational at Tirana-Rinas airport, although this is very unsure. If they are, they are the last operational Il-14s in military service in the whole world!
1st March 2002, 13:05
That's me again.
Guys, you really have great info's on Albanian Air Force aircraft/history. But we are looking for photos. Until now, i must conclude, that we don't achive our object, presenting good and inseen photos of this air arm.