The Hellenic Air Force has retired its last RF-4E Phantoms

8 May 2017
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On May 4, Larissa airbase, Greece, hosted the spotter day for the final flight of the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) RF-4E, the last “recce” Phantoms in Europe.

With the phase out of the last Greek RF-4E, Iran and Japan remain the last operators of the reconnaissance variant of the “Rhino” (how the Phantom is dubbed in the aviation community).

Indeed, the 348 MTA (Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron), one of the oldest and most historic Hellenic Air Force squadrons, was disbanded on May 5, after 64 years of operations, with its last three RF-4s finally retired from active service: the example serialled 7499, that sported a brand new special livery; the old special colored 7450, and the 71765, an RF-4E still wearing the Southeast Asia camouflage color scheme.

A static and flying display were arranged to celebrate the event.

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