"Dani" Star of the Stars in Souda Bay

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Hello

Early September I visted Souda Bay/Crete for one week.A Base I had been before some 20 Years ago
when they still flew the mighty Corsairs here.The week was great and also saw a returning Visit to my
friend "Dani"(former A-7 Pilot from 336 Mira Araxos)-You may remember his Pics from him I took on his
last Flight with the Type in September 2008.He then went to Arizona for Training to the F-16 Block 52+
After finsihing he promoted to Captain of the HAF now based at Souda Bay flying for 343 MIRA "Asteri"
-stands for Stars.(The Island where he is born)

Here with him in his Corsair(Painter of OLYMPOS spec A-7) back in 2008

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3 Years later Viper Pilot

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Dani about to taxy out with 529 from 343 Mira

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The other Day he flew in a T-seater when I waited for him at Runway 29

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The Wing is very busy operating about 40 F-16s with 2 SQDs 340 and 343 MIRA

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Here a 4-Ship from 340 Mira "Fox" holding hands Rnwy 29

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Tseater on finals from 340 Mira Rnwy 11

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Nice Spots on both ends of the Runway!

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One Evening we stayed for Nightflying...

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Demo-Jet "537" Zeus 01 taking off...becoming already very dark...so Pictures are not easy to take

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During one Day Dani was the Supervisor in the Tower/ATC where he waved me up to pay a Visit too
(at the time I needed a little break...relaxing at the BBQ-Sqd Area drinking a Greek-Coffee named Frape)


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343 Mira operated F-5s before...nice one in his Sqd

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On our last Day we did some privat shooting for Dani-Here as the Alien-Intruder wearing the new US Helmet

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What a set. :up: :clap: I like the landscape and the warmth in the photos. Show us more

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One Day we visited the newly formed Demo Team Zeus(Formed May 2010) with one special decorated F-16 from
340 Mira (with thx to the Commander)-This Year HAF celebrates its 100 the Anniversary.
You can see the Team 6 November at Tanagra where an Airshow is planned.


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Souda also has planes involved under "United Protection" to fly Sorties to Lybia.Here some of the French Air Force
during Operation Harmattan.Thx to PRO/and Embassy for the Day and OK showing these Pictures as they are
fully armed etc(Missions are very long)-Merci also to Florence(Shame you didnt come to the Beach afterwards..)

Maybe next time-

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If you dont mind some more Souda-Action:

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Enjoy :smile:
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Excellent photo shoot Crossbow - thanks for sharing......

Is that a Mi-26 in the background ?? - Scorpion International ??

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Yes Ken-Never shot it,as I had taken it before somewhere else in Greece.
Thx Hans
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Brilliant, every single one of them.

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Very nice Hans

Loving the French stuff alot too :rock:
Always remember "If you cannot turn tight...you cannot fight!"

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Great set. Could see some more :icecream:

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The Op Harmattan stuff does it for me, are the Greeks involved in Unified Protector?
Do you want the Aladeen news or the Aladeen news?

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Very nice set Hans, are the Qatar AF still there? I shot the Sea Lings back in June?

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Very nice set Hans...really well done!

Cheers

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Wonderful set, thanks for sharing.
Regards, Ken

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Thx for all the Comments so far.Yes the Qatari-Mirages are still there.(Now gone down to 4 instead of 6)They also
have 2 Sea Kings and 2 AW-139 there.In the Moment I cant show the Pictures online(as they are not to happy
about it.)Shame as they look fantastic.I requested this....maybe OK later.


Some more

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The FAF Detachment "OP HARMATTAN" with the View from ATC.In the Background you can see the Sea.
The French have 12 M2000D/Ns+4 Mirage F1CR/CT and the Atlantique there in the Moment.


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The Base also has a lot of visiting Aircraft...

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Also based from the US: 2 E3Bs,1 E-8,1 EP-3E(Pics later),but the best showed up on our first Day....NASA928
the WB-57..


Last one for now.Fun after a hard Day on Base.Our early Evening table for 2 with good old Pieter:2 Mythos and
2 Ouzo on Ice...Oh Yes!!!!!!!


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PS-Tony.The HAF isnt involved at all.I also forgotten to say Thank you to HAFGS and the COs/Security Office Souda
and to all Embassies who made the best out of it in supporting us.Special Thx also to EMA Armee del Air LT Noirez!
Top Job


:yahoo: :clap: :clap:
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Fantastic, a great place to be, have spent many an hour in Souda.

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Crossbow wrote:PS-Tony.The HAF isnt involved at all.I also forgotten to say Thank you to HAFGS and the COs/Security Office Souda
and to all Embassies who made the best out of it in supporting us.Special Thx also to EMA Armee del Air LT Noirez!
Top Job


Wow, the largest air force in Central Europe isn't involved in one of the most important air operations NATO has faced in the last decade, that's frankly a disgrace.

Why are we bailing them out of their Euro problems?
Do you want the Aladeen news or the Aladeen news?

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Well Tony....time will tell...New Defense Cuts soon:A-7 Corsairs are now to retire in 2012!!!
346 MIRA "Jason" already disbanded...The new DEMO-Team "Zeus" possible will not go ahead.
No Cross-Country Flts by HAF-Jets anymore....So these are the bad News!!
I know for now.
but thats not the End I think.
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Fantastic set!

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Crossbow wrote:Well Tony....time will tell...New Defense Cuts soon:A-7 Corsairs are now to retire in 2012!!!
346 MIRA "Jason" already disbanded...The new DEMO-Team "Zeus" possible will not go ahead.
No Cross-Country Flts by HAF-Jets anymore....So these are the bad News!!
I know for now.
but thats not the End I think.


Wow the A-7s are going next year, that is upsetting, especially if they don't get out to the shows next year!
Do you want the Aladeen news or the Aladeen news?

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very nice :clap: :clap:

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Lovely work, Hans. I thoroughly enjoyed this thread. Great to see the Mirage F.1s.

:clap: :clap: :clap:

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THX TJ---You should see the Qatari-Mirages...(Try to sent later)

Cheers

Hans
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I heard that the A7's will be gone by April 2012, if thats the case then no chance of Airshow appearances :sad:

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TonyO wrote:
Crossbow wrote:PS-Tony.The HAF isnt involved at all.I also forgotten to say Thank you to HAFGS and the COs/Security Office Souda
and to all Embassies who made the best out of it in supporting us.Special Thx also to EMA Armee del Air LT Noirez!
Top Job


Wow, the largest air force in Central Europe isn't involved in one of the most important air operations NATO has faced in the last decade, that's frankly a disgrace.

Why are we bailing them out of their Euro problems?


"Dear" TonyO
HAF was involved in the operation in many significant ways!!!
First of all EMB-145H AEW&C from 380 Sqn were operationally involved in the OUP. It participated from the very beginning, it flew mostly with the French and Qatari Mirages!!! It worked alongside to the USAF and NATO AWACS in nearly equal terms (due ti capability performance)
Another VERY important contribution to the NATO Operation was that HAF's Bases such as 115 C.W. (Crete), 116 C.W. (Araxos), 120 OTW (Operational Training Wing) Kalamata,131 C.G. (FOB AKTION) and Radar Stations were directly involved and used providing vital support to the OUP!
In the meantime Hellenic Navy Frigates and other support ships were part of the Naval Task force assigned in the theater of Operations!!
If all the above mentioned does NOT show SUPPORT and INVOLVEMENT then what does?????
Despite the fact that Hellas is experiencing a major financial crisis, being a faithful Allie has done so much for the cause. We have done so much and we got nothing in return. We didn't "negotiate" our participation as other "allies" in the region did and we were the allies that could be trusted.
Why i know all these? BECAUSE I WAS ONE OF THE HAF PERSONNEL THAT GOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED!!!
No disgrace there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To mine opinion DISGRACE is to express opinion (especially a negative one) when you have NOT a clue of the true facts!!!!!!
To answer your last question...why you "help" us with the financial crisis, well because your governments are making HUGE profits out of this crisis!!!!!
If these profits doesn't reach your bank account....ask your politicians!!!

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