LB41 Dolna Mitropolia, Bulgaria LB41 is the former airport LBPB of Pleven in the north of Bulgaria, Moesia, near Dolna Mitropolia, with originally two runways. It was used as the 12th Training Air Base, housing the aviation facility of the National Defence University then. When it lost this importance, it was converted into a facility of spare time: Dolna Mitropoliya has got the second Bulgarian automobile race track and the first and only supermoto track, which is part of the airfield. Pleven is located in an agricultural region in the very heart of the Danubian Plain, the historical region of Moesia, surrounded by low limestone hills, the Pleven Heights. The city's central location in Northern Bulgaria defines its importance as an administrative, economic, political, cultural and transport centre. Pleven is located 170 kilometres (106 miles) away from the capital city of Sofia. The river Vit flows near the town, which became famous in the Russian-Turkish War of 1877/78. The "Siege of Plevna" resulted in the liberation of Bulgaria from 500 years of Ottoman control. Pleven Epopee, more commonly known as Pleven Panorama, depicts the events of this war and can be found in this scenery, turning to a heading of 120° and about two minutes after take off. During flight you are crossing the Vit (Bulgarian: Вит), with a length of 189 km a tributary of the Danube. The river can be found east of Airfield LB41, near Dolna Mitropolia (Bulgarian: Долна Митрополия, "Lower Bishopric"), about 10 km northwest of the city of Pleven. As of December 2009, the town had a population of 3,303 inhabitants.
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Die Sache ist etwas kompliziert: Pleven im alten Moesien hat eigentlich keinen Flugplatz, obwohl er in X-Plane vorhanden ist. Seine Stelle nimmt jetzt LB41 bei Dolna Mitropolia ein, bei dem es sich um ein Zentrum für allerlei motorsportliche Aktivitäten handelt – z.B. den einzigen Supermoto-Kurs in Bulgarien. Wie auch immer: Auf Kurs 120 überquert man den Fluss Vit und erreicht Pleven, dessen Panoramaturm weithin sichtbar ist. Dabei handelt es sich um ein Museum, das an den Krieg von 1877/78 erinnert, in dem Bulgarien von der osmanischen Fremdherrschaft befreit (und wenig später vom k&k-Österreich annektiert) wurde. Noch ein zweites Flugfeld ist Inhalt dieser Package: Jenes bei Brest, unweit der Donau, eine ländliche Idylle. Falls die Scenery gefällt, würden wir uns über eine Spende freuen!
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