In memoriam / Found in the street I. An ex-Hellenic Air Force F-86D fighter waiting for the scrap man, on Pireos street, Athens, Greece, circa 1980-1982.
NB. NOT one of my photos, this photo was actually taken by my late father, Takis K., with his trustful Kiev rangefinder, when I was a child. I remember him talking about “the fighter aircraft [he saw] on the pavement in Pireos str.” before actually snapping the picture. In retrospect, this is rather the photo that triggered my interest in wrecks and relics (not to mention aircraft…).
Censored! (1). A Mercedes 240GD jeep of the Hellenic Air Force, in a forward air base, somewhere in the Aegean, 2002.
NB 1. Following the NAMCO Pony and the MEBEA Robin, I thought I should also post some other vehicles manufactured in Greece. What is known locally as the Mercedes 240GD is in fact the Mercedes-Benz G-class or G-Wagen, produced locally, under licence, in Greece by ELBO (the Hellenic Vehicle Industry), formerly Steyr-Hellas. The Mercedes 240GD is the standard jeep used by all three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces, and other state services.
NB 2. NOT one of my photos… This was taken, on a cheap disposable camera, by a fellow conscript… Due to the nature of this photo, I had to heavily and crudely censor some very sensitive data…
NB 3. I thought a lot before posting this, but if even metallus is posting Hellenic ArmyREO truck and John Deery etc. military vehicles’ photos from Limnos, I thought, what the hell… :)
To mark the 40th anniversary of the F-4 in Hellenic Air Force service, a commemorative design was unveiled in September. The paintwork adorns F-4E AUP serial 01505 (c/n 4458) operated by 117 Pterix Mahis (Combat Wing) at Andravida.
Censored! (2). A Steyr 680M truck of the Hellenic Air Force, somewhere in the Aegean, 2002.
NB 1. A Steyr product of the 1960s, the Steyr 680M was also produced under licence in Greece by Steyr-Hellas, later ELBO, from 1972 to 1984, thus becoming at the time the standard truck of all three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces; many still serve to this day.
NB 2. NOT one of my photos… This was taken, on a cheap disposable camera, by a fellow conscript… Due to the nature of this photo, I had, once again, to heavily and crudely censor some very sensitive data…
SLUF Rides into the Sunset: Greece retires the last of the A-7 Corsair IIs - October 17, 2014
After 39 years of service in the Hellenic Air Force, Greece retires the last active A-7 Corsair IIs.116 Combat Wing Arax formally withdraw the aircraft Friday, with a ceremony and flyover of both the retiring A-7s and the F-16 Fighting Falcons that will take up the Corsair II’s role.