Photo shows Greek F-4 Phantom drop 12 bombs in Vietnam-style attack during Parmenion drills

If you thought modern combat planes use only a handful of Laser Guided Bombs you were wrong.

On Oct. 2, several assets belonging to the Hellenic Armed Forces attended the final phase of the national joint exercise “PARMENION 2014”  held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, throughout the territory of Greece and within Athens FIR (Flight Information Region).

F-4 HAF live firing drop

Among the aircraft that took part in the live firing demo in Evros there were four F-4E AUP Phantom II of the 338 Squadron, firing 12 Mk82 (500lbs) dumb bombs each.

F-4 HAF live firing top

Here are some images showing the sort-of carpet bombing by the 40-year old Phantoms involved in the drills along with F-16s and AH-64 Apache gunship helicopters.


BDA (Battle Damage Assessment) was conducted by RF-4Es, including a Special Color one.


Below is a video with the highlights of the activity on the firing range.

 H/T e-Amyna for the heads-up. Image credit HAF


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    • Saved by North European countries in change of the purchase of ammos and new warfare systems…

      • This is in the news just today…October 16, 2014:

        “The fate of Greece was a particular concern in Europe. Investors are worried the country might need more financial support as its government borrowing rates have risen sharply in recent days. Greece’s benchmark 10-year-bond yield rose 1.13 percentage points Thursday to 8.86%.”

        It just (no pun intended) blows me away Greece would put out this video showing the collassal waste this event was. Shameful!

  1. amazing consistency from F4 pilots concerning bombing accuracy… that hill was turned to a flat valley!

  2. The day the last F-4 Phantom II leaves active service is going to be one of the saddest days out there. It’s bad enough we’ve lost the F-111 from service and the Iranians are it for the F-14 Tomcat. Long live the Phantom!

  3. Check out the 4:29 mark. Ghillie Suit? Stealthy. Aviators? Flashy. This guy? Ready for anything.

  4. Greece, Russia, Israel and Cyprus are allying against Turkey. However Turkey goes on searching for gas. What happened in 1974? Who could stop Turkey? Go find more allies, do military exercises, train your soldiers and be hopeful maybe it works one day.

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