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Spiros Pendedekas
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A weekend to rememberAthens Flying Week airshow

September 20, 2022 · in Show Reports · 38 · 0.9K

Hi everyone!

The "Athens Flying Week" annual air show took place in 114CW Tanagra Air Base on 17 and 18 September. This air show has established itself successfully the last ten years that it runs, being a significant and much needed factor in augmenting the aviation culture in Greece. This year, many fantstic demo and aerobatic displays took place, together with some equally gorgeous static displays. Even the Greek Spitfire (MJ755) flew (a particular machine, being almost 95% original!). I was privileged to be there both days and took some pics that I thought it would be a good idea to share with you, my friends.

Happy modelling!

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  1. That T-2 is certainly in suspiciously-good shape. Are you sure it's Greek? πŸ™‚

    Nice stuf - thanks @fiveten!

  2. Wow Spiros looks like you had a great couple of days , I guess the two boys are yours having a memorable time.
    I've never really been a fan of Helicopters but the one in pic# 30 looks amazing, it would make a great addition to your collection mate.
    Thanks for showing your photos

  3. Thanks for posting - some great shots!

  4. Thanks for sharing these, Spiros. I never get tired of seeing Rafales. The special scheme Saudi F-15 is interesting too.

  5. Just one word, WOW, what an amazing two days that must have, Spiros @fiveten
    Especially the Greek Spitfire, even seeing it in flight, must have been a wonderful experience.
    From the pictures it is clear that both your boys enjoyed as much as you did.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Great shots of what look like a great show! I hope it only grows in coming years... Having something like that to look forward to from time to time formed some great memories in my youth, and hopefully will also with my children.

  7. Beautiful pictures, Spiros, looks like you had a great time. Are the boys yours? Looks like they had a great time, too!

    What strikes me is that there are no crowds, or there don't seem to be. At our big annual airshow here in Houston, there are so many in attendance that you can't get a shot of an airplane without catching twenty people standing around it.

  8. Nice shots, Spiros! I miss your Phantoms, is any one still flying them?

  9. Seems like a very enjoyable day Spiros, lots of fun with the family and some big cats to see. Which nationality is that F-15? It’s obviously from the middle east but I can’t spot which country.
    The Spitfire seems brand new πŸ˜‰

  10. Looks like a great show and you were lucky with the Greek sunshine. I see that your QA team were checking out the details as well.

  11. @fiveten, Oh that is so cool Spiros! 😎 What a show! Now, that's a great way to entertain your "troops", and the memories they made will last for their entire lives. 😊
    Well done, and thanks for posting this article my friend!

  12. Spiros, @fiveten
    These are some amazing photos ! Thank you for sharing these with us. You can tell that QC 1 and QC2 had a wonderful time by the huge smiles they had. You are a great Dad, and your boys will remember and cherish these days throughout their lives. I still vividly remember the times that my Dad took me to see the various air shows we had here throughout Florida as I grew up. These are some of my best childhood memories.

    As far as the huge Orange Sikorski helicopter, I have actually watched it operate in action, back in 1998, when we had the raging wild fires burning across and throughout our State. It was a sight to see, and I'm glad we have been getting our share of rain to prevent it from happening again. But when it does, Erikson will show up if they are needed. They were using our local airport as the home base for operations during the "Wildfires of 98" as they were called.

    Thanks for sharing these magnificent photos with us. I'm old school and really like the Greek Spitfire the best. There's not another engine that sounds like a Merlin !

    The Saudi F-15 is a very close second. All are magnificent.

    Take care !

    • Thanks my friend @lgardner! Yes, the Spit is something! And I feel very proud that HAF flies it! Who'd have thought it 20 (or less) years ago? It would have been pure science fiction, yet here it is, flown and maintained by HAF!
      The Saudi F-15 performing aerobatics in front of us was also an unforgettable sight. Especially at THAT scheme!

  13. Ditto on the comments from Louis. It looks like it was a great day and your kids will always remember it, Spiros (@fiveten). Awesome photos, but they did complicate my build queue by giving me ideas for an additional 3 or 4 models. The HAF Spitfire, was already in the queue, but the photos will be a great resource. Thanks for sharing these great photos.

  14. Thanks my friend @gblair. Some more Spit pics then...

    19 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  15. Looks like you all had a great time especially your sons, Spiros @fiveten. Seems like those Erickson firefighting rigs save the day in Greece as well all over Oregon and the U.S. I didn't realize they had gone international. Thank goodness for them.

  16. Thanks for the extra Spitfire photos, Spiros (@fiveten). I have a 1/48 kit already tucked away for this build, as well as the decals. These photos will be very useful.

  17. Looks like a great time, some really great aircraft to see up close and some beautiful weather! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Amazing planes ! I don’t even know what some of them are !
    Great event. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Nice set of pic's Spiros, some captions to identify them would be good, thanks for posting.

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