Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Mon 07 Sep 2009, 3:30 pm

Good Day

Returned yesterday from another Trip to Greece (After 2008),organized by the HAF Staff !!
To them a big "Thank you"making this possible.Also to the Commanding-Officers/Pilots and
all others from the Bases we visited.What a friendly Country!!!!!!!!
Another one not to forgotten is: LT.Col Apostolos Chortis Commander 110 Wing at Larissa who supported
us in a perfect Way!! thanks for all!

We visited Larissa AB first time August 31st and then returned there again 3rd September.
Pictures from the Rest I will show here later.

There you go.PHANTOMS all around.(13 in total) we have seen and photographed
348 MIRA RECCE SQD "Eyes" ...in the Sky

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The Wing also hostes 2 SQDs of F-16 s: 337 MIRA "Fantasma" and 346 MIRA "Jason"
Typical Scene every Day at the last Chance Point!

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Here one Two-Seat Version from 337 MIRA (Still no marks)A Picture I took from a nearby HAS from
the Jason Sqd!

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Finally for today anther RECCE F-4 Landing from the other Side to avoid the City of Larissa...
So its Take-offs from the City-Side and Landings from the other side (if Wind is not to strong)

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Hope you like the Pics.Watch out 2010 there will be another Archangel-Show.A big one.!Planning has started already.Its the 80th Anniversary of the Greek Air Force !!! A show not to be missed!
To be continued here later

Hans-J :smile: :smile: :biggrin: :tongue:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Copper2 on Mon 07 Sep 2009, 3:54 pm

:biggrin: Nice one Hans

And great news on 2010 :shock:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby MigF4 on Mon 07 Sep 2009, 4:47 pm

Yeahh Jürgen, no one can beat a mighty Phantom :drool:

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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Tue 08 Sep 2009, 2:09 pm

Next Day 1st September brought us to Nea Anghialos Home of the 111 Wing
This Base is about 1 hour away from Larissa,and operates 3 SQDs of F-16 C/Ds Block 30
and Block 50 Aircraft.Would say its a VIPERS NEST.Flying was quite good also including night-
flying!

This is 341 MIRA "Velos" (Arrow) in the Harm-Role flying the Block 50 Jets

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Now to 330 Mira "Keravnos" (Thunderbolt) flying the Block 30 Jets

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Finally 347 Mira "Perseus" in the Lantirn-Role.Here one F-16D Block 50 with a Target-Pod coming in to land

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Personally I liked this Viper "111"---( for 111 Wing) without Sqd mks but belonging to 330 Mira !

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To be conti. with Tanagra ! :smile: :smile: :grin:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Tue 08 Sep 2009, 3:28 pm

From Nea we drove the same afternoon to Tanagra Home of the 114 Wing.Its about 3 hours
driving south near Athens.We stayed overnight close to the Base and then we were already
awaited at the Main-Gate Wednesday morning September 2nd ! Tanagra is a wonderful Airfield
with plenty of Sunshine most of the Year.The Wing has 2 SQDs flying the Mirage 2000-5/B-5 and the
older M2000 EG/BG.
Firstly we visited the 332 Mira "Geraki" in their Area!

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Then off for Action!

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But there is also a lot more to see...the old Mirage F1s have been moved south side now !

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Then we were happy to see a lot of the converted Mirages !! (18 in total) not all flying...
331 Mira "Aegeas" in Action !

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I think thats the Boss from 332 Mira returning from a special Sortie

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Plz note the new checkered Band from 331 Mira! Here in the Paint Shop (Just recently started doing this)

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This one is still without...

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Finally for today an USAF F-16C from Aviano "Buzzards" on Test-Flight after servicing via the HAI-Industry
Hangar

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Fantastic Day ended with 34 Mirages in total !! Another Post later..To be conti

:smile: :smile: :kiss:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby scotthldr on Tue 08 Sep 2009, 5:40 pm

Absolutely fantatstic stuff there, you can never tire of looking at Hellenic a/c. Hopefully one day I will get out there for a visit of some bases. Obvisously these were taken on an offical tour, but is it still a no no to stand at the fence and take photos, or have they relaxed a bit.

Don't suppose you have any close up pics of the 2 x F102's that are sat next to the Mirage F1's :drool:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Tue 08 Sep 2009, 5:59 pm

thanks for the Kindly Comments.!!There is still no Way outside the Fences in Greece!
Never do it.Possible OK during an Airshow....to many people then.Then the Police dont mind.
Too much work in the Heat.Suggest you come to the big Airshow at Tanagra next Year!
It will be very big with lots of flying!
For the F-102 ...Yes I have close ups from them.Also from all other Aircraft sitting in or outside
as that was also cleared from upstairs! for us.I will upload some more tomorrow.Stay tune and thanks again!

Hans :clap: :clap:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Typhoon11 on Tue 08 Sep 2009, 10:04 pm

Nice pictures Hans ! :clap:
"What a friendly Country!!!!!!!!" Yes, when you find the right person to give you the permission for the visit ;-)
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby trebleone on Tue 08 Sep 2009, 10:40 pm

Crossbow wrote:Suggest you come to the big Airshow at Tanagra next Year!
It will be very big with lots of flying!


Do you have any idea of the dates for this - even the month would be helpful - I love Greece & holiday there most years; so it would be great to plan my holiday for 2010 to coincide with the airshow :biggrin:

A terrific collection of photos, by the way :clap:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Wed 09 Sep 2009, 4:01 pm

Dates will be confirmed by MOD I think around Xmas.You can expect a Date around
Mid/September (Poss Oct) 2010 so this is what they have told me!
If I have the Date I will show (Under Airshows)

For Scotthldr one of the F-102 on Base (there are about 5-6 around the Base)
In and also outside!

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To continue this our last Day Sept.4th brought us back were we landed.Thessaloniki-Mikra Base 113 Wing
North of Greece.This Base was a former F-5 Airfield! Its also a civilian Airfield now,but south Side its still
Military! The Wing has a few CL-215/415 "Firefighters" on Alert Stand-By they belong to 383 MEEA "Proteas"
So as 1 DO-28 for Transport/VIP Role.The second Unit is 355/1STM..only with one Aircraft! The Last
operationell Dakota!! in Greece

Back to the Pics.2 nicely painted F-5s at the Stn-HQ!

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In one Area you can find some 20 old Greek F-5s with one F-4E....would you believe after all these
Pictures taking without any Problems...there we had a few...but after a Phone-Call and a little Conversation
we were OK to keep the Images.....so for Typhoon 11 even with Permission they still can worry you
...better said they have tried to.Dont know why...(Maybe it was because there was one Crashed one
amongst them--)Anyway

Best time for them is gone.Happy I have seen them Action in 1990 when I was down there too!
Without Permission!!

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The Greek hard working Machines in the Hot-Summer (Now having a Rest) hopefully for long

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Then we went down to this Hangar to see the last HAF-Dak.Shame its grounded since 11 Month!!
They have found some little wing-cracks! Future unknown....

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Finally one more from Larissa to finish for now.Picture taken in the "Jason"-SQD during a "Privat" Photo
Shoot at lunch-time.Requested by a Pilot! Why not???

Bye Greece CU 2010 !!

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Regards

Hans :biggrin:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby scotthldr on Wed 09 Sep 2009, 5:59 pm

Absolutely fantastic stuff. one of the best photo reports I've seen. Too many stars to pick one :clap: :clap:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Maurits on Thu 10 Sep 2009, 9:17 am

Hi Hans Jurgen,

Fantastic shots! Good to see the ''newly'' Mirage 2000s will also get squadron markings!

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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby ChrisL on Thu 10 Sep 2009, 12:13 pm

Hi Hans,

Very interesting report.

At Thessaloniki-Mikra were there any Dakotas stored out on the airfield?

Did you shoot the Do-28 you mentioned?
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Thu 10 Sep 2009, 3:03 pm

Hello and thank you for all the Comments!Yes Chris at Thessa
they had 2 more Dakotas.One is with the 23 F-5s at the same Area its the
KP 255 still in good Conditions but wfu (Its an C-47B) !The other one is at the
Civilian side right in front of the Aeroclub next to an Caravelle also wfu.
It should be 92613 a C-47A.I noticed part of the original Paint is rubbed of,
so they are maybe refurbishing this...but dont think for flying.At Thessaloniki-Sedes
Airfield you can see further more Daks.I saw 5 on the Main-Ramp! +1 in white colours
in front of the based Museum.(But you need Permission there too)not from the HAF
but from the Army.(Didnt let me in..because I hadnt asked in advance)thought it was
Air Force.

Here is your Do-28 (Also my first one in Greek Mks!) And thanks for the Interest!!

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Had been asked for more RHINOS: RECCE RF-4E on take-off !!

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Chute-Landing as ever

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Viper Pilot from 337 Mira "Fantasma"(former Phantom-Unit) showing how to land: Nose-up and steady

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Another Star of the local Museum in Tanagra is this Mirage F1CG!All their Aircraft will be in the Static.Display
2010 ! Usually parked good for Pics when you come early enough!

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Thats it! Nice weekend and CU in KB(Hope weather will be better)the other Day 32 Degrees and blue+
now grey in grey and 15 ! Typical in Germany these Days (KB is not far from my house...)
thanks again for the Comments keep them coming!

Hans :butt: :butt:
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby ChrisL on Fri 11 Sep 2009, 7:17 pm

Thanks for posting the Do-28. I had my doubts that any were still active after seeing them at Elefsis back in 2007 but obviously some do fly still. I would love to get one in the air. Perhaps the show in 2010.............
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Sat 12 Sep 2009, 7:50 am

Hello Chris

I think to 4120 there is only one more "flyable"!Tatoi-the HAF-Museum
has recently received one Example!So Days are counted.
Will go 2010 to Elefsis to find out more.!

Hans
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Sat 12 Sep 2009, 1:11 pm

Sorry just updated more from Greece.Have forgotten to show you some Details of the
SQD-Markings from 346 MIRA "Jason" at Larissa

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And on the Runway shortly before take-off

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Hellas!! :shock: :shock:

Hans
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Re: Hellenic Air Force "Base Visits" 31/08-04/09/09

Postby Crossbow on Sat 10 Oct 2009, 7:38 am

[quote="Crossbow"]Good Day

Some of the old and stored GAF RF-4E s

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