Travel to Greece, the weather will be great. How wrong they were!
Conditions akin to those usually found in the UK, dark clouds, orange skies and rain full of sahara dust meant a difficult day of photography at the Greek base. In fact the other nations present looked at the Brits and pointed out how “British’ the weather was. Oh well!
A range of participants came from across varied air forces. USAFE were represented by F-15E’s from the 48th Fighter Wing – 492d ‘Bolars’. Italies Aeronautica Militaire sent Tornado’s from 6 Stormo and the French Navy operated Rafale’s amd Hawkeye E-2C’s at a distance from the carrier ‘Charles De Gaulle’. The highlight though was the participation of the Israeli Air Force F-16I Sufa’s and the Gulfstream G550 Nachshon Eitam. Slovenia made their Iniochos debut with a pair of PC-9M’s and Cyprus sent an AW139 from4 60 Search and Rescue Squadron.
The Hellenic Air Force provided a variety of types including F-16, Rafale, Mirage 2000 and, of course, F-4 Phantoms.
Sadly the weather affected the sorties on the day we were present (Thursday), however that didnt dampen spirits as every type managed to fly out.
A good day, in very good company. Hopefully the weather will be better on my next visit to Greece!