346 Mira (HAF)

"Jason (Iason)" 

346 Mira "Jason (Iason)" (HAF)
Status:
Disbanded
Version: F-16C/D block 30
Role:Multirole
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: An eagle protects the triremes of the Argonauts' expedition while it sails towards the dragon.
Disbanded on September 2nd, 2011.

Sideways profile for 346 Mira in 2005 with the 40,000 hours anniversary tail.

F-16 History

346 Mira was established as an F-16 squadron at Néa Anghialos in 1990. It was the 2nd squadron to receive the new block 30 airframes from the Peace Xenia I order. The squadron was tasked with a training duty, but this was soon passed to 330 Mira. Since the tarmac at Néa Anghialos got a little crowded with more squadrons being equipped with the F-16, the squadron was moved to Lárissa in order to free up some space. Moreover this meant that a more modern asset could be put in place at Lárissa to have some more protection there as well.


HAF F-16C block 30 #128 from 346 Mira is coming in for landing at Lárisa AB in the spring of 2008. [Airsceneuk photo by Roger Cook]

Although more modern blocks of the F-16 have been put into service with the Hellenic Air Force, the older block 30’s from 346 Mira keep soldering on. Mainly tasked with air defence it has the responsibility to protect this central part of Greece on the East Aegean coast.

In 2011 the Staff decided it would be more wise to concentrate all block 30 airframes into one squadron. So 346 Mira transferred all its airframes to 330 Mira to form a giant block 30 squadron there.

Aircraft Markings History

1990 - 2004

The tail sported the Greek flag in the center with the serial below it.

2004 - 2011

The former design was retained but the unit's insigna was added on the rudder.


Unit History

  • 1990: Activation of the squadron in Néa Anghialos
  • 1990: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 111CW)
  • 1997: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 110CW, Lárissa)
  • 2011: Disbanded

F-16 Airframe Inventory

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