Peter Boschert in Greece, Hellenic Air Force A-7 operations.
In 1975 Grecce ordered 75 A-7H. These were like the A-7D of the USAF but lacked the inflight refueling capacity. Five two-seat TA-7H completed the order.
These A-7s were based by the Hellenic Air Force with the 115.PM (Wing) at Souda Bay and the 116.PM (Wing) at Araxos.
Over the years the A-7Hs were used for close air support and ground attack.
In the nineties there were some changes.
The Hellenic Air Force introduced more and more F-16s and the 115.Wing replaced its A-7s with F-16C/D Block 52+.
In 1993 the Hellenic Air Force bought 54 A-7E and 18 TA-7C, which were all formerly in use by the US Navy.
12 of the A-7Es were used for spare parts, the reminder were introduced with the 116.Wing at Araxos. The A-7Hs were stored as wartime reserve in Agrinion.
The former Navy aircraft were used by the 335.Mira (Squadron) and 336.Mira with the 116.PM at Araxos.
335.Mira was tasked with close air support and ground attack while the main role for 336.Mira was weapons training for future pilots of combat aircraft.
After 335.Mira also received the F-16C/D Block 52+, 336.Mira is now the sole operator of the A-7 in the Hellenic Air Force.
It was scheduled to be withdrawn from use a few times, last date was set for the end of 2013.
But the effort from its training as a weapons platform seems to be so good that the Hellenic Air Force postponed that again until 2017.
So in its 50th year of service, the Corsair is still on a successful cruise through the skies….