An EP-3E Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated Electronic System (ARIES) II seen during its landing at its Forward Operating Base (FOB) Souda air base (Crete, Greece). This aircraft belonged to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) "World Watchers". Its role is aerial reconnaissance and gathering electronic and signals intelligence. The squadron is is based at NAS Whidbey Island (WA). The EP-3Es wil be retired soon, as the modern P-8A Poseidon (a military variant of the Boeing 737) is taking over its role.
This former Marineflieger (German Naval Aviation) serial 21+31 was delivered to Greece in June 1986. The Italian built aircraft, by FIAT, was retired in March 1993 at Araxos. Only weeks after that ceremony it was pictured at this base. The RF-104G (R for reconnaissance) can be recognized by the built-in camera bay just behind the nose-wheel housing. Only some 15 RF's were delivered to Greece (of the just over 100 Starfighters they ever had in total inventory). The RF's were all former German aircraft. Several of these never flew in Hellenic service and were only used for spareparts.
"Tigris"! This Greek F-104G of 336 MPK was painted in a famous "Tigris" (Tiger) colour scheme as a remembrance to the illustrious days of the squadron in the NATO Tiger community. The Starfighter was delivered under the Foreign Military Sales programme to Greece in June 1972. Before that periode the US delivered it under FMS conditions to Spain (as C.8-5 within the Spanish Air Force). In March 1993 the Greek Air Force retired the type. You can still picture this F-104G, its preserved in this colour scheme at the Greek Air Force museum at Tatoi.
This great A-7H (of Hellelic) was delivered to Greece in December 1976 and went into storage after the type was retired with the Hellenic Air Force from August 2010. 336 MV was the last operational owner of this SLUF... Short Little Ugly Fellow.
This former Luftwaffe TF-104G Starfighter was handed over to Greece on 12 December 1988. It flew with 166 PM from Araxos air base up to March 1993. Only a few weeks after its retirement, the aircraft was photographed still at Araxos. In December 1993 it was moved to Larissa air base for a long period of storage., possibly up to November 1997. Then the dual Staf was moved again up north by road to Edessa/Panagitsa and was last seen there mid 2008.
Strikingly painted F-104G of the Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia (Hellenic Air Force). The Starfighter received the name "Olympus" (not carried) in remembrance to the magic Greek mountain. This 7151 once flew with the Marineflieger (German Naval Aviation) as 22+70. It was delivered to Greece in November 1981 and phased out in March 1993. The whereabout of the aircraft are unknown, it was last seen at Araxos in November 1993.
Agusta Bell delivered many AB205s to Greece, several of them started from the beginning of their operational career as a Search and Rescue helicopter. This one was first delivered in June 1976 to the Greek Army and started to fly as ES647. The Greek Air Force took it over by ther mid-80s and converted it to a SAR bird, since that moment this 4391 is operating with 358 MED at Araxos. It is probably still there in 2019. Old Hueys never die!