The annual exercise Iniochos at Andravida Airbase in Greece is getting more and more interesting by the year. Almost all fighter units from the Greek Air Force participate as well as combat units from several allied forces. This year Cyprus, Israel, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States send aircraft to Patras for the three-week exercise.
4Aviation was invited to participate with a group of photographers.
On Sunday afternoon 18 March 2018 a group of ten gathered at the red/white meeting point at Schiphol airport. Check in at Transavia went fairly smooth, just a little hassle with the weight of the camera bags which we wanted to take inside the cabin. But this was resolved quickly. The airline brought us to Athens in 3,5 hours. Here we picked up our two rental vans and drove to the north of Athens for our first hotel. After check-in a nice restaurant was found with the help of the reception desk. Here we spend a couple of hours talking about what to expect at Andravida.