The newest attraction of Burgas Municipality is located at the entrance of Burgas Airport, and close to Sarafovo district. Each visitor can get there by public bus, bicycle or private car as everything is provided by a safe and easy access.
All guests have the opportunity to explore the newly built exhibition park, and discover the secrets of the “exhibits that come alive”. They can take on the role of a pilot and run an airplane they choose by using virtual reality glasses. The impressive interactive exposition named Homo Volans, meaning “The Flying Man”, is made by the stage designer Venelin Shurelov. It is the main indoor exhibition placed in the only AN-12 aircraft left in Bulgaria. The exhibition aims to recreate the aviation technique through many curious authentic objects such as a rich collection of aircraft models, author’s objects and costumes, interactive installations and archives from the aviation history. Visitors can sit on the pilot seat of the world’s most popular single-engine and dual-plane aircraft, to feel closely the effect of a working aircraft engine, to teach a real black box of an airplane and navigation devices aiming to complete the experience.
The old planes at Bourgas Airport have recently been depreciated and inaccessible. The idea to become a part of an outdoor air museum has been in existence since 1998, when the first museum of aviation in Burgas was opened. In 2005, the exhibition closed doors, and the airplanes remained ownerless. In 2012, the Municipality of Burgas and conscious citizens took the task to preserve the aircrafts, and in small steps to work together on restoration of the unique exposition. Over the years, the exhibition “Old Airplanes” has become an attractive spot for both locals and tourists who travel there annually. It has established itself as the only exposition with airplanes that were part of the BCA Balkan fleet – An-2, An-12, An-14, An-24, Tu-154.
The museum was opened on 29th June 2017, when 70 years of the first civil flight in Bulgaria took place: Sofia-Burgas. The airplane museum of Burgas has the purpose to develop as a centre for exploring the aviation technique and feeding the love of people for aviation.