Scheduled training flights at the Bulgarian Air Force’s Graf Ignatievo base were suspended on October 24 as combat pilots massively refused to fly because of safety concerns and discontent over the delay in acquiring new jet fighters, several media reports said.
Policing of Bulgarian air space was going ahead as usual, with the Italian Air Force currently assisting the Bulgarian Air Force in a mission scheduled to end on October 31.
Public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio, quoting its own sources, said that combat pilots reported that they felt “psychologically unable” to fly. The pilots were demotivated because of yet another delay in the process of acquiring new fighter jets…/IBNA
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