Remarks: Last travel to the sea bottom.
LZ-BTJ was a governmental aircraft serving Bulgaria's leader during the communist regime - Todor Jivkov (BTJ - Bravo Todor Jivkov). This airplane will be sink 22 meters deep into the Blak Sea as a divers attraction near the coast of Varna. Before that, the wings and tail surfaces will be attached at Varna's shipyard. This aircraft will set a world record for the biggest airframe being sunk intentionally.
Remarks: Delivered new to CSA as OK-BYQ in 1972. Served with Balkan from 1983 to 1995. Currently registered in Russia and stored in semi derelict condition at Sochi - Adler. Information obtained from russianplanes.net.
Remarks: Seen taxing down to runway 23, is this Balkan TU-154, LZ-BTL. This aircraft operated in two different Balkan liverys before making its way into the "bear in the snow" livery. In the background notice the old southside hanger, where they kept all the GA aircraft. The hanger got knocked down to make the new south runway, 23L/05R as it stands today.