After the war the new Bulgarian government wanted to rebuild the air
force with the most modern aircraft they could find. They used a few
Messerschmitt Me-109 fighter left behind after the war and were
supplied with various Soviet piston engined aircraft. However, they
were keen to move to jet fighters.
number of He-162 fighters was found and used as pattern aircraft for
the DAR-14 Salamandra. This was not a straight copy of the He-162A but
featured the V-tail of the proposed He-162C model. It did retain the
A-type wing and BMW003 engine. The engines used were both captured
German models and newly built examples.
1947 onwards deliveries were made to the Bulgarian air force which
received a total of 48 aircraft. The original German engines were
quickly phased out being very unreliable but with new built engines the
type soldiered on until 1955 when the Bulgarian air force received new
Soviet MiG-15 fighters.
1/48 Dragon with Antares resin V-tail conversion.