The Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 "Fulcrum" (Микояна и Гуревича #МиГ-29) is a military jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. This is the Bulgarian Air Force MiG29 that made a solo flight during the Sofia AirShow on October 10th, 2014.
Maj. Gen. Rumen Radev wins the Bulgaria presidential elections on October 13th 2016 so Maj. Gen. Radev is the new President of Republic of Bulgaria.
Rumen Radev is a Bulgarian Major General of the Reserve. Radev served as Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force.
Rumen Radev won Bulgaria’s 2016 Presidential elections. Radev stood for President at the invitation of the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Kornelia Ninova and was nominated by an initiative committee.
Rumen Radev was born on 18th of June 1963 in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. In 1982, he graduated from the Mathematics School in Haskovo with a gold medal. He graduated from the Bulgarian Air Force University „Georgi Benkovski“ in 1987 as the top graduate. In 2003, he graduated with honors from Air War College in Maxwell AFB in the United States as a Master of Strategic Studies .
Rumen Radev is a Doctor of Military Sciences in the field of improvement of tactical training of flight crew and simulation of air combat.
Rumen Radev milary career started as a junior pilot in a Fighter Aviation Regiment in Ravnets. From 2005 to 2009, he was commander of the Third Fighter Airbase – Graf Ignatievo. Then for five years he worked as Bulgarian Air Force deputy commander and from 2014 to 2016 he was commander of The Bulgarian Air Force.
Rumen Radev was awarded the sign „For loyal service under the flags“ – III degree, and Honorary sign of the Ministry of Defence „Saint George“ – II degree.
Radev is a pilot first class and has flown over 1,400 hours.
In 2014, together with colleagues, he organized aviation show „This we are!“ and personally performed the „Bell“ and „Cobra“ manoeuvres on a MiG-29.
He resigned from the army because of a conflict with the current Minister of Defense over the guarding of the country’s air space.
General Rumen Radev enters the presidential institution in a tense political situation. He now faces the challenge of showing his aerobatic skills at the highest office in the state.
1982 - High school of Mathematics, Haskovo, Bulgaria
1982 - 1987 - Military School, Dolna Mitrololiya, Bulgaria
1992 - Squadron Officer Course, Maxwell AFB, USA
1994 - 1996 - Military Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
2000 - PhD of military science, flight training and air combat simulations
2002 - 2003 - Air War College, Maxwell AFB, USA
1987 - 1988 - Junior pilot, 15th Fighter Regiment, Ravnetz, Bulgaria
1989 - 1990 - Deputy commander, 1st Flight, 1st Fighter Sqn, 15th Fighter Regiment, Ravnetz, Bulgaria
1990 - 1994 - Commander, 1st Flight, 1st Fighter Sqn, 15th Fighter Regiment, Ravnetz, Bulgaria
1994 - 1996 - Attendant, Military Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
1996 - 1998 - Squadron commander MiG-29, 5th Fighter Air Base, Ravnetz, Bulgaria
1998 - 1999 - Deputy commander - flight training, 5th Fighter Air Base, Ravnetz, Bulgaria
1999 - 2000 - Deputy commander - flight training, 3rd Fighter Air Base, Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria
2000 - 2002 - Chief of Staff, 3rd Fighter Air Base, Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria
2002 - 2003 - Attendant, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, USA
2003 - 2005 - Chief of Staff, 3rd Fighter Air Base, Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria
2005 - 2009 - Commander, 3rd Fighter Air Base, Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria
2009 - 2011 - Deputy-chief of the Bulgarian Air Force
2011 - 2014 - Deputy-commander of the Bulgarian Air Force
2014 - Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force
Fighter pilot 1st class
Experience - L-29; L-39, MiG-15; MiG-17, MiG-21, MiG-29
Over 1400 flight hours
1987 - Second Lieutenant
1990 - First Lieutenant
1994 - Captain
1997 - Major
2000 - Lieutenant Colonel
2003 - Colonel
2007 - Brigadier General
2014 - Major General
Honors and Decorations:
Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service - Bulgarian MoD
Medal of Honor - Bulgarian MoD
Other medals and rewards
Languages: English, German, Russian
Marital status: Married, 1 son and 1 daughter
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