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Current Title: Polemiki Aeroporia*
Title in English: Greek Air Force
Abbreviation: PA
* Note: Polemiki Aeroporia is the official title in Greek, not Elliniki Aeroporia.


Narrative Summary:
Sept 1912 Air Squadron of the Royal Hellenic Army. 1917 Hellenic Army Air Force. Dec 1929 Hellenic Combat Air Force. Nov 1935 Royal Hellenic Air Force. 1946 Air Force re-established after WW2. 1973 Hellenic Air Force.

Key Dates:
1946    Royal Hellenic Air Force re-established
1951    First jet aircraft delivered - T-33
1957    First helicopters received - UH-19

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
Take delivery of 30 F-16C/D Block 52+ fighters from 2008.
12 (+3 options) C-27J medium transports ordered March 2002.
2 C-130H and 4 G.222 to be acquired from Italian Air Force as part of C-27J deal.
T-2 to be replaced by new advanced jet trainer - candidates include Hawk, MB339, L-159T, MiG-AT, AMX-T.
15 C-130s to receive structural and avionics upgrade.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

The Greek military serial numbering system uses a number of different formats. New-build aircraft three or four-digit numberical serials related to the construction of the aircraft. Former USAF or US Navy aircraft carry their former serial as the PA serial. Former RAF aircraft carried their RAF serial as the PA serial. Former KLu aircraft carry the KLu serial without the letter prefix. e.g. F-104G 32704.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Hellenic Air Force General Staff, Stratopedo Papagou, Cholargos, Athens.

Current Organisational Structure:
The PA is organised into three commands:
Taktiki Aeroporikis Dynamis (Tactical Air Force), with seven bases each having a combat wing of 2-3 squadrons plus a base flight for comms/liaison.
Diokisi Aeroporikis Ipostirixis (Air Support Command), with two bases, responsible for transport and ASW operations
Diokisi Aeroporiki Ekpitheyseos (Air Training Command), with two bases, responsible for air and gound training.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases currently used are Andravida, Araxos, Elefsis, Kalamata, Kastelli, Larissa, Limnos, Skiros, Souda Bay, Tanagra and Tatoi-Dekelia.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information


Greek Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.19 p.146
Air Forces Monthly May 1996
Scramble No.210 (November 1996)
Air International April 1997


Hellenic Air Force Official Website

wikipedia: Hellenic Air Force
wikipedia: Aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force
wikipedia: Historic Aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force

Scramble: Greek Air Force

Air-Britain Photos: Greek Air Force

Hellenic Air Force

Hellenic Air Force Photo Album

Hellenic Air Force

Videos about Hellenic Air Force

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First Created: 12 February 1995 - Last Revised: 20 July 2008
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