The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) has retired the A-7 Corsair II from active service with a ceremony at Araxos airbase.
On Oct. 17, the Hellenic Air Force organized a ceremony to celebrate the retirement of the last A-7 Corsair flying with 116 Combat Wing (116 PM) jets at Araxos airbase after 39 years of active service.
The event included static displays of A-7 and F-16 aircraft, a photography exhibition, flights and aircraft transits and demonstrations by the Air Demonstration Teams “Zeus” with an F-16 and “Daedalus” with a T-6A aircraft.
Along with the last A-7s aircraft in the typical exotic camouflaged color scheme, a retired Corsair in a celebratory livery was unveiled during the ceremony at Araxos airbase.
As a consequence of the retirement of the last A-7 light attack planes, the HAF operates now 157 F-16s, 44 Mirage 2000 and 45 R/F-4Es.
During the Araxos spotters day, there was the opportunity to observe the local F-16s involved in their usual training activity.
Photographer Daniele Faccioli attended the event at Araxos and took the images in this post.
H/T e-Amyna for providing additional information used in this article. Image credit: Daniele Faccioli
I dig that black paint job on the top photo.
Captain jack is saying”don’t worry mate I’m going to borrow this retired jet and take care of some business.