340 Mira (HAF)

"Fox (Aleppou)" 

340 Mira "Fox (Aleppou)" (HAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 52
Role:Multirole
Tailband: Black & Yellow (checkerboard)
Motto: Ethera Neontes (Residents of the air)
Badge: A fox with the Greek roundel as background.

Sideways profile for 340 Mira in 2008.

F-16 History

340 Mira was the first squadron to receive the brand-new block 52 version of the Fighting Falcon within the Hellenic Air Force. The squadron had been disbanded in 2001 with the A-7 being withdrawn from use. The fact that 340 Mira was chosen to fly the new jet reflects the importance the Greek government and military emphasise on a strong presence in the Aegean region, being based at Souda AB on the island of Crete.


HAF F-16C block 52 #534 from 340 Mira is coming in for landing at Florennes AB after a Clean Hunter exercise on July 5th, 2005. [Photo by Tom Houquet]

Tasks of the unit mainly concern airborne interception, although officially the squadron is multitasked. This is also reflected in the fact that the most modern block types of the viper are used in 340 Mira.

Aircraft Markings History

2003 - 2006

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

2006 - present

The former design was retained but the unit's black and yellow checkerboard was added on the tail's top.


Unit History

  • 1953: Activation of the squadron in Elefsis
  • 1953: F-84G 'Thunderjet' (part of 112CW)
  • 1953: F-84G 'Thunderjet' (part of 111CW, Néa Anghialos)
  • 1960: F-84F 'Thunderstreak' (part of 115CW, Soúda)
  • 1975: A-7H 'Corsair II'
  • 2001: Disbanded
  • 2003: Activation of the squadron in Soúda
  • 2003: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 115CW)

F-16 Airframe Inventory

Photos

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