FighterSweep Fans, we can’t speak for you, but on our end–when given the opportunity–Sundays often provide the perfect time to get outside and go take a leisurely loop around the flagpole. Nothing pressing, other than wanting to get airborne and go enjoy some quality time in the airspace.

Judging from the flying you’ll see in the video above, it would appear as though the Bulgarian Air Force–the Военновъздушни сили, or BBC–was of a similar mind when it sent a pair of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 “Fishbed” fighters aloft to delight a group of aerial photographers. Just to sweeten the deal, they threw in a pair of MiG-29 Fulcrums as well.

The Bulgarian Air Force is one of the oldest air forces in the world. It traces its lineage all the way back to the late 1890s, when two lieutenants in the Bulgarian Army took flight in a French balloon.

A Bulgarian Air Force MiG-21 "Fishbed" takes off for a training mission. (Photo courtesy of defenceturk.com)
A Bulgarian Air Force MiG-21 “Fishbed” takes off for a training mission. (Photo courtesy of defenceturk.com)

So inspired by the experience, they returned home and convinced the Bulgarian Army’s leadership the force needed airships in its arsenal. Though their crusade took a few years, on 20 April 1906, the Bulgarian Army created its own aviation arm, to be equipped with balloons.