The Hellenic Air Force’s 348 MTA was disbanded in May after the retirement of the last three airworthy RF-4Es in Europe. Babak Taghvaee traces the role of the unit and its ‘Rhinos’.

A formation training flight by 348 MTA’s final RF-4E pilots three days before the disbandment ceremony. The aircraft are over Lake Ladon, some 80km northwest of Larissa. Lambros Tolias


Operations by 348 MTA come to an end as squadron boss Maj Lambros Tolias (navigator) and 110th Combat Wing operations officer Lt Col Stavros Antonopoulos (pilot) leave RF-4E 7499. Awaiting them on the ground are Lt Col Dimitrios Papadimitriou, the final 348 MTA commander (right), and Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff Lt Gen Christos Christodoulou (left).
Axilleas Sakellariou

IN ITS 64-YEAR existence, 348 Mira Taktikis Anagnoriseos (MTA, Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron) ‘Eyes’ logged 181,000 flying hours, of which 98,000 were with the RF-4E Phantom II. The type served 348 MTA for 39 years, but its tactical reconnaissance role has now been assumed by F-16s equipped with DB-110 pods.

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