At the end of July it was announced that the Hellenic Air Force was to organise an open day for the withdrawal of the Ling Temco Vought A-7 Corsair II. This fighter was developed for the United States Navy in the early sixties and was later modified for the Air Force. The Hellenic Air Force ordered 60 A-7H aircraft in 1974, a variant of the navy A-7E. These were slowly replaced by second-hand, and extensively overhauled, A-7E and TA-7C aircraft. Now the end for these oldies had finally come.
4Aviation immediately contacted the air force about the programme and it was soon clear the a spotters day would be added to the ceremonies. We then created a tour to Araxos in the West of Greece. Because of the popularity the group size increased to 32 people from five countries that would head to Athens using seven different flights.
The majority of the group gathered early at Schiphol on Wednesday 15 October. The check-in with Transavia was smooth and after a flight of about three hours we landed in sunny Athens. There it took some time for all other participants to arrive from Amsterdam-Schiphol, Berlin, Brussels-Charleroi, London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and Vienna. In the meantime the four spacious rentals vans were collected, during which we saw an Egyptian C295 take off, and we were able to go to our hotel in Nafpaktos. Underway we visited an old Starfighter in Aigio. Near the hotel were plenty of options to eat and drink in order to make it a nice and comfortable end of the day.