A group of 16 participants took part in the 2015 tour to visit the open days of the Hellenic Air Force.
Early November ‘we always travel to Greece’. And so we did this year. A group of 16 participants took part in the tour to visit the open days of the Hellenic Air Force. It would turn out to be the best edition of the tour ever. As usual the tour started (on Wednesday 4 November) early with a meeting a Schiphol, the check-in, the waiting before being able to board, etcetera. Once at the international airport of Athens the two participants that travelled on their own were already waiting for us at the rental car desk. We could conclude that everything went as smooth as it should have gone and that we could head for our first Starfighter at the beginning of the afternoon. For most of the participants it was their first visit to Greece and all appeared to be interested in wrecks & relics. After the first F-104 and the first impressions of Greek traffic we could start our drive towards the final destination of this day; our hotel in Kalamata, about 250 kilometres away. On our way there we obviously did not forget to see some more old aircraft. These were an F-86 covered in camouflage netting and a second F-104. After these we had the option to go straight to the hotel or to take a detour via mountainous roads to visit a third F-104 in the dark. Apparently nobody could resist that temptation since it was unanimously to start the search for that particular 104. This resulted in an interesting drive using ever smaller roads and an enormous amount of hairpin turns. Eventually we arrived almost at the top of the mountain just in time (dusk had already started to set in). There we found the nicely parked Starfighter. Quite a relief. If the drive towards it was interesting, the return journey to Kalamata in the dark from one side of the mountain to the other was nerve-racking. Only happy faces therefore when we eventually arrived at our hotel, still well in time. The hotel was expecting us already and the table was ready for dinner. It had been a long day for all, so all opted to go to bed early. Ready for the next day and the ‘real stuff’.