At 8 o’clock on Monday 24 September we went on base to photograph the departing aircraft. Despite the agreements made, the helicopters went the wrong way from their static position. Unfortunately, thirty spotters were often not considered, who were patiently waiting at the end of the runway. Some Mirage 2000s also flew. There are currently very few operational Mirage 2000s available and there were also four at the TLP in Albacete, Spain. A good thing was that the Skyvan photographed the two Osprey’s over the airport. As a result of that we saw them twice and could shoot them well. A single departing aircraft once again passed low and hard. At the beginning of the afternoon all the aircraft were gone. The promise to be able to photograph some W&R on the field after the departure was withdrawn because it was already too late… Around two o’clock we drove from the base and we still had a lot of time to kill because we only started flying at a quarter to nine. We drove to the airport at ease and on the way, we fueled up and drank a bit. After handing in our car, we said goodbye to our two Belgian friends. They stayed for a day in Athens. Checked in on time and left for Schiphol where we landed after 12:30. After all the luggage was complete, said goodbye and headed home.
We can look back on a fun, relaxed trip. Because Athens Flying Week is a civil organisation, the agreements between the companies and the armed forces are different from what we are used to. The support of the armed forces to Athens Flying Week could be better, but fortunately this event grows every year and the organisation also gets better. Unofficially we were told that another edition will be held next year. We will keep an eye on the developments. The combination of a beautiful villa, the nice weather and relaxed spotting was good and certainly worth repeating.