over Montenegrian mountains, October 2002returning back to Belgrade after airshow in Tivat, Montenegro, September 2002over Belgrade, May 2003CIAF 2005, Brno, Czech RepublicPodgorica, May 2006Galeb G-2 YU-YAI / 23197 follwing restoration, Belgrade, October 2006Zlin 526F, Novi Sad, Serbia, January 2007

Galeb (seagull in Serbian) flying club from Belgrade is distinct by devotion of club staff and members to restoration and preserving of old-timer aircraft and displaying them on air shows in county and abroad. during mid-nineties, as consequence of an regional arms control treaty, former Yugoslav Air Force was forced to reduce its inventory to 155 combat airplanes and 53 combat helicopters, resulting in massive withdrawal of aircraft from service. Eight Soko G-2 Galebs have been acquired by Anglo-Serbian company Shuttle Air. Aircraft have been disarmed and restored to flying condition and are flown and maintained by Galeb flying club and private owners, some pending potential sale. Other old-timer aircraft flown by Galeb flying club pilots include light combat piston-engined Soko J-20 Kraguj, utility high-wing Utva 66 and aerobatic Zlin 526F, all of former Yugoslav Air Force origin. Among other flying club projects is a restoration of Soko 522 trainer, first of which has been successfully restored to static display condition as an intermediate stage to getting it airborne again. Galeb flying club has participated in number of international air shows, including Czech International Air Fest in Hradec Kralove and Brno, Slovak International Air Display at Bratislava, Royal International Air Tatoo at RAF Fairford, airshows at Biggin Hill, North Weald, Oshkosh, Belgrade, Tivat, Podgorica to name a few. Most of Galeb flying club pilots are experienced former air force instructors, now retired or on civilian duties.

Soko G-2 Galeb 

SOKO G-2 Galeb (N-60 military designation) is jet trainer and light attack aircraft, one of most successful former Yugoslav aviation industry designs. Flown for the first time in May 1961, more than 250 samples have been delivered to air forces of former Yugoslavia, Libya and Zambia. Yugoslav Air Force received first aircraft in 1966. last examples that remained in service have been destroyed in air attacks on Podgorica airbase in spring 1999 during Operation Allied Force. Sole G-2 Galeb survived and is used by Serbian Armed Forces Flight research sector, formerly known as Flight Test Center (VOC). MORE THAN A DOZEN G-2 Galebs out of aircraft withdrawn from use earlier have been restored and are flown as old-timer airplanes by Galeb flying club and private owners and are based at Serbia, UK and United States of America.

powerplant

Rolls Royce Viper 11 Mk 22

length

10.34 m

height

3.28 m

wingspan

11.62 m (incl. tip-tanks)

weight empty

2670 kg

max take off weight

4280 kg

max speed

788 km/h (at 6000m height)

cruising speed

700-730 km/h

ceiling

12000 m

climb rate

1008 m/s

range

1242 km

armament*

2 x Colt-Browning 12.7 mm guns w/160 rounds each

350 kg of ordnance on underwing pylons

* note: Soko G-2 Galebs that are flown by Galeb flying club have been disarmed. data refers to operational aircraft used by Yugoslav Air Force

 

 

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