341 Mira (HAF)

"Arrow (Velos)" 

341 Mira "Arrow (Velos)" (HAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 50
Role:Multirole, SEAD
Tailband: Black & Red (checkerboard)
Motto: Essete Hemar (The day will be)
Badge: Aces pierced by an Arrow.

Sideways profile for 341 Mira in 2006.

F-16 History

341 Mira was the second squadron – after 347 Mira – to introduce the block 50 version of the Fighting Falcon into the Hellenic force. Based at Néa Anghialos it is tasked with the traditional roles of air defence and attack. Since the block 50 version has the capability of performing suppression of air defence missions, the Air Force decided to add this mission to the squadron’s profile.


HAF F-16C block 50 #048 from 341 Mira is seen taxiing at Nea Anghialos AB on September 12th, 2007. [Photo by Chris Lofting]

This made 341 Mira the only Greek F-16 unit capable of performing such SEAD missions. Specialized equipment - like AGM-88 'HARM' missiles - was bought to support this mission. Since Néa Anghialos hosts three F-16 units with one of them having the older block 30’s on strength, it gives 341 Mira the possibility to focus on its SEAD mission more intense.

The Air Force depicted that this SEAD mission was very important for the overall force that since 2005 also 343 Mira is tasked with SEAD duties, somewhat relieving the pressure on 341 Mira.

Aircraft Markings History

1998 - 2010

The tail sports the Greek flag in the center with the serial below it and a red tailband with black dots on top.

2010 - present

The overall lay-out stayed the same with the tailband being changed to a checkered red and black with the squadron logo on the tail.


Unit History

  • 1954: Activation of the squadron in Elefsis
  • 1954: F-86E 'Sabre' (part of 112CW)
  • 1955: F-86E 'Sabre' (part of 111CW, Néa Anghialos)
  • 1956: F-86E 'Sabre' (part of 114CW, Tanagra)
  • 1960: F-86E 'Sabre' (part of 111CW, Néa Anghialos)
  • 1965: F-5A 'Freedom Fighter'
  • 1993: Disbanded
  • 1998: Activation of the squadron in Néa Anghialos
  • 1998: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 111CW)

F-16 Airframe Inventory

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