Flight-Insight





Pirates of the skies



"Fly low, hit hard":

(PH/AK) That is the motto of the 336. Squadron of the Hellenic Air Force. The unit based in Araxos is the last remaining operator of the Vought A-7 Corsair II in the world. The aircraft is well liked by its pilots due to its stable flying characteristics during low-level missions. Nowadays the jet is used to train future F-16 pilots who receive their first experiences with a combat aircraft after their basic flying training.
Greece was one of the few export customers of the single-engine attack aircraft and ordered 60 new A-7H as well as five TA-7H trainers which had been delivered from 1975 on. These jets have been replaced by used A-7E and TA-7C which were previously flown by the US Navy and came to Greece in 1992.
The A-7H of the "Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia" were based in Souda and succeeded by the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Since then the two squadrons 335 MV "Tigreis" and 336 MV "Olympos" in Araxos were the only users of the Corsair. In the meantime the 335. Mira changed to the modern Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52+. The remaining A-7s came to the 336. Mira. How long the last Corsairs will remain flying is an open question due to the current financial problems.