330 Mira (HAF)

"Thunderbolt (Keravnos)" 

330 Mira "Thunderbolt (Keravnos)" (HAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 30
Role:Multirole
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: Hawk and Thunder crossing the darkness.

Sideways profile for 330 Mira in 2002.

F-16 History

F-16 operations started with 330 Mira on January 9th, 1989. It was the first Greek F-16 unit and operated from the facilities of 341 Mira. The squadron acted as initial training unit with the first 6 Greek pilots who were trained in the United States acting as instructional pilots. For the first years of F-16 operations 330 Mira stayed responsible for the training of all pilots due to fly the F-16. After the establishment of dedicated training squadrons within different Wings, 330 Mira became an operational squadron as well. From the start of the operations they flew with the block 30 version of the Fighting Falcon, a version which they retain up until today.

After the disbandment of 346 Mira in 2011 this squadron became the sole block 30 user in the Hellenic Air Force forming one giant squadron. This makes the entire support process much easier and more efficient.


HAF F-16C block 30 #127 from 330 Mira is taxiing out during TLP 08-05 at Florennes AB on October 28th, 2008. [Photo by Maurits Even]

Aircraft Markings History

1989 - 1994

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

1994 - present

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


Unit History

  • 1989: Activation of the squadron in Néa Anghialos
  • 1989: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 111CW)

F-16 Airframe Inventory

Photos

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