Video shows Hellenic Air Force venerable F-4 Phantom II jets (and other fighters) flying low level during familiarization flights for exercise Iniochos 2024

Video shows Hellenic Air Force venerable F-4 Phantom II jets (and other fighters) flying low level during familiarization flights for exercise Iniochos 2024

By Dario Leone
Apr 9 2024
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Hellenic Air Force venerable F-4 Phantom II at low level

Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on Apr. 5, 2024, the cool video in this post shows fighter jets doing low level familiarization flights for Exercise Iniochos 2024.

Phillips explains;

‘A visit to Greece bagged a great variety of aircraft from many nations flying low in the valleys. A personal highlight was for myself to photograph an F-4 Phantom II flying low level and with its retirement from the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) due soon the clock was ticking. A second first was to capture not one but four Mirage 2000 again from the HAF flying in the valley. This was their first known low level run in their own country.

‘The Mirages were transiting from Tanagra to Andravida for exercise Iniochos and decided to finish their transit low level. The local aviation Enthusiasts on the hills were elated by this.

Video shows Hellenic Air Force venerable F-4 Phantom II jets (and other fighters) flying low level during familiarization flights for exercise Iniochos 2024
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‘Other aircraft to drop into the valley where,

  • F-16 From the Romanian Air Force
  • F-16 from the Hellenic Air Force
  • Eurofighter typhoon from the Royal Saudi Air Force
  • Dassault Rafale from the French Navy
  • Dassault Rafale from the Qatar Emiri Air Force

Exercise Iniochos 2024

Iniochos 2024 will involve a large number of HAF assets, such as fighters, including Rafale and F-16 Viper, Air Defence Systems, helicopters, transport and training aircraft. Additionally, Hellenic Army, Navy and Special Operations assets and personnel will contribute significantly to the creation of complex and realistic scenarios across the exercise areas which spread over the Greek mainland and seas.

Furthermore, in INIOCHOS 2024 a significant number of allies, partners and friends will participate with air assets, such as:

  • Cyprus with an AW139 Helicopter
  • France with Rafales and E-3F
  • Montenegro with an B-414 Helicopter
  • Qatar with Rafales
  • Romania with F-16s
  • Saudi Arabia with Eurofighters
  • Spain with EF-18s
  • UK with Eurofighters
  • USA with F-16s and MQ-9s
Video shows Hellenic Air Force venerable F-4 Phantom II jets (and other fighters) flying low level during familiarization flights for exercise Iniochos 2024
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Additionally, Austria and Portugal will participate with INTEL personnel and Special Forces while Germany will send a group of Observers.

The participating countries in Exercise INIOCHOS have contributed the largest number of fighter aircraft and helicopters to date.

“INIOCHOS” is an annual medium scale exercise (type INVITEX) based on the facilities of the AIR TACTICS CENTER at the Andravida Air Base, located in the Northwest Peloponnese.

The duration of the exercise is 15 calendar days and operations make use of the majority of Athena FIR. The Exercise scenario adopts a Single Base Concept (execution of operations from a single Air Base), with the participation of all branches of the Armed Forces.

Photo credit: Dafydd Phillips


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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