Greek F-16s: A New Golden Age

The history of the General Dynamics F-16 in the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) can be traced all the way back to November 1984, when the Greek government expressed an interest in acquiring 34 F-16C and six F-16D Fighting Falcons.

HAF F-16s [George Karavantos]
Four HAF F-16s from the two operational squadrons at Souda in a rare formation taxi after a mission. All images courtesy of George Karavantos

These new aircraft were to replace the force’s aging Northrop Corporation F-5s. The agreement was signed in January 1987 under the name ‘Peace Xenia I’. Since then, the HAF has taken delivery of a total of 170 F-16 fighters in four different Blocks. Today, eight squadrons of Hellenic F-16s operate from four bases.

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