World’s Last A-7 Corsair II attack aircraft retired from active service in Greece

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.

A-7 line up nose

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.

A-7 line up

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.

A-7 last special color

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.

TA-7 takeoff

During the Araxos spotters day, there was the opportunity to observe the local F-16s involved in their usual training activity.

F-16 HAF landing

Photographer Daniele Faccioli attended the event at Araxos and took the images in this post.

TA-7 old livery

 H/T e-Amyna for providing additional information used in this article. Image credit: Daniele Faccioli


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  1. Well, one more that we have outlived…..I think the B-52 is going to outlive all of us.
    Good bird, easy to maintain for its era. Engine roll was a bit of a pain.

  2. What a beautiful bird! But that flight line does look a bit tired… Thank you for nearly 40 productive years: Ling-Temco-Vought !

  3. When I was in elementary school in the 70’s, we had A-7’s flying overhead from the 180th fighter wing in Toledo for their approach. Most kids would be playing on the playground, I was an avid aviation spotter at that time. The A-7’s would be coming in low and slow and it was always a treat to see them around the area. Inspired me to become a pilot later on in life.
    An incredible aircraft with quite a history, incredible to see these still flying until now, sad in a way to see them retired finally what a great service life!

    • Was in Macomber Whitney Aviation program from 86-90 @ Toledo Express.. saw them then too.
      Impressive power!

  4. Don’t store them too far… With IS expansionism, you never know when the A7 could be be needed…

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