Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby Savvas on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 10:56 am

Some photos from the final phase of the Hellenic Air Force FWS (SOT - Scholeio Oplon Taktikis) 2016 training course.

This year's FWS training course saw the final (ever) participation of the legendary RF-4E Phantom II. The RF-4E is to retire at the beginning of May 2017 and 348MTA, its host Squadron, will be deactivated.



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F-4E PhantomII/339MPK "Aias" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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M2000-5EG MkII/331MPK "Thiseas" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

3. Kind of terrain masking!...
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F-16C Blk52M/335M "Tiger" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

4. F-16 on steroids!...
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F-16D Blk52M/335M "Tiger" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-16C Blk30/330M "Keravnos" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-16C Blk30/330M "Keravnos" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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RF-4E PhantomII/348MTA "Matia" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-4E PhantomII/338MDV "Ares" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

9. Hard landing...
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F-4E PhantomII/338MDV "Ares" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-4E PhantomII/339MPK "Aias" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-4E PhantomII/339MPK "Aias" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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RF-4E PhantomII/348MTA "Matia" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-16D Blk52+/340M "Fox" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-16C Blk50/347M "Perseus" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

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F-16C Blk30/330M "Keravnos" by Savvas Savvaidis, on Flickr

C&C are always welcomed!

The whole album can be found here.
Savvas

Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby iainpeden on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 1:07 pm

Interesting set of photos - it'll be a sad day when the last Phantom lands for the final time.
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Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby DanH on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 1:53 pm

Phabulous pictures, I love no. 9. :clap:
Always seeking to lower the tone...
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Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby Wissam24 on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 2:53 pm

Great machines...long live the Phantom!
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Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby st24 on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 4:29 pm

Great stuff :clap: I love the way the Greeks can have such sexy camo schemes and still look so well "lived in"... :love:
You caaan't trust the system... Maaan!
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Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby DOUGHNUT on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 10:26 am

Savvas,
With the retirement of the RF-4E this year do you know of any plans to offer a farewell photoday at Andravida ?
Any idea of the final retirement date for the rest of the Greek Phantoms ?

regards Paul
DOUGHNUT

Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby Savvas on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 11:27 am

DOUGHNUT wrote:Savvas,
With the retirement of the RF-4E this year do you know of any plans to offer a farewell photoday at Andravida ?
Any idea of the final retirement date for the rest of the Greek Phantoms ?

regards Paul


Good day Paul!

The retirement day of the RF-4E is set on May 5th 2017. AFAIK, there will be a celebration and commemoration and most probably there will a photoday on that day. But it's not certain yet if that will be open to public or via a request to the HAF HQ. I also know that there will be a formal collector's photo book describing the history of RF-4E in Greek service and the history of 348MTA. The ceremony will be held in Larissa AB, host base of the RF-4E.

Now for the rest of HAF F-4E I think we will be seeing them for quite some time! :wink:
Savvas

Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby check01 on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 12:08 pm

Nice set Savvas! No pictures of the Egyptian F-16s?
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Re: Fighter Weapons School... The Greek Way **2016 Edition**

Postby Savvas on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 12:28 pm

check01 wrote:Nice set Savvas! No pictures of the Egyptian F-16s?



There was no clearance to shoot the Egyptian F-16s or the personnel at the time the visit took place. :sad:

Nonetheless, they were a beautiful sight! :cool:
Savvas


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