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Sunday, August 15th 2010, 7:32pm

Royal Hellenic Air Force and Naval Air Service

[Size=3]Royal Hellenic Air Force[/size]

Ever since its creation the Royal Hellenic Air Force has been operationally, and economically, hampered by the lack of trained aerial-minded officers (and a tradition like the other armed forces) and lack of funding, due to differing requirements of the Army and Navy which eventually forced the Navy to create its own independent air arm. Since 1933 re-equipment with British aid has rebuilt the air force and a series of purchases of British, French, American, and Yugoslavian aircraft along with home-grown designs has kept the frontline squadrons modern despite their small size. The Basic Flying and Signals School, Technical Training and Electrical Engineering School, Gunnery and Armament School all operate on a pooled basis serving both the Royal Hellenic Air Force and the Royal Hellenic Naval Air Force. The Advanced Naval Flying School was created in 1944 to further the instruction of naval aviators beyond that of the Basic Flying School. An Advanced Air School for pilots not in the RHNAF is planned for 1945.

The Royal Hellenic Air Force currently has;
Twelve Fighter Squadrons
Six Bomber Squadrons
Three Army Co-Op Squadrons
One Reconnaissance Squadrons
One Transport Squadron
One Basic Flying and Signals School
One Technical Training and Electrical Engineering School
One Gunnery and Armament School

Each squadron has twelve aircraft
1 Sqn, Larisa, fighter, KEA K-5 Ierax
2 Sqn, Nea Achialos, fighter, Boulton Paul P.94 Resistant
3 Sqn, Thessaloniki, fighter, KEA K-5 Ierax
4 Sqn, Tanagra, fighter, Boulton Paul P.94 Resistant
5 Sqn, Tanagra, reconnaissance,KEA K-4 Theia
6 Sqn, Suda, bomber, Northrop A-17 Nomad
7 Sqn, Araxos, bomber, Douglas A-20 Havoc
8 Sqn, Andravida, fighter, Boulton Paul P.94 Resistant
9 Sqn, Iraklion, fighter, Boulton Paul P.94 Resistant
10 Sqn, Berat, fighter, KEA K-5 Ierax
11 Sqn, Berat, bomber, Northrop A-17 Nomad
12 Sqn, Araxos, bomber, Northrop A-17 Nomad
13 Sqn, Suda, bomber, Douglas A-20 Havoc
14 Sqn, Larisa, co-op, Westland Lysander
15 Sqn, Maleme, bomber, Douglas A-20 Havoc
16 Sqn, Athens, transport, 3 De Havilland D.H. 89 Dragon Rapide and 2 Lockheed Electra, 4 Ikarus IK-4 Sjevernjaca
17 Sqn, Skopia, fighter, KEA K-5 Ierax
18 Sqn, Parapotamos, fighter, Soko Orao
19 Sqn, Nicosia, fighter, KEA K-5 Ierax
20 Sqn, Preveza, fighter, Soko Orao
21 Sqn, Monastiri, fighter, Soko Orao
22 Sqn, Parapotamos, co-op, Hawker Hurricane
23 Sqn, Monastiri, co-op, Hawker Hurricane

Basic Flight School; 48 Miles Magister, 12 Miles Mentor, 34 KEA-built Avro 504, 24 De Havilland D.H. 82 Tiger Moth, 10 Avro 621 Tutor, 7 Avro Sea Tutor and 15 North American NA-16, 25 KEA K-6 (License built NA-16), 36 Gloster Gladiator, 56 Gloster Sea Gladiator.

[size=3]Royal Hellenic Naval Air Force[/size]

The RHNAF currently has
Nine Carrier Air Squadrons
Eight Coastal Reconnaissance Squadrons
One Advanced Naval Flight School

Each squadrons has eighteen aircraft
I Sqn. Fairey Firefly assigned to AC Thermopylae
II Sqn. Fairey Firefly assigned to AC Thermopylae
III Sqn. Fairey Firefly assigned to AC Thermopylae
IV Sqn. Fairey Firefly assigned to AC Arkadia
V Sqn. Fairey Firefly assigned to AC Arkadia
VI Sqn. Fairey Barracuda assigned to AC Thermopylae
VII Sqn. Fairey Barracuda assigned to AC Arkadia
VIII Sqn. Curtiss Hawk III assigned to AC Thermopylae
IX Sqn. Mix aircraft (6 each Gloster Sea Gladiator, Fairey Swordfish, Curtiss Hawk III) assigned to AC(T) Astraios

Each squadron has twelve seaplanes (excluding Sunderlands)
No. 1 Sqn. LeO-400, Patra
No. 2 Sqn. Hawker Osprey, Thessaloniki
No. 3 Sqn. Hawker Osprey, Athens
No. 4 Sqn. Hawker Osprey, Paros
No. 5 Sqn. Supermarine Stranraer and 1 Short Sunderland, Souda
No. 6 Sqn. Supermarine Stranraer and 1 Short Sunderland, Limassol
No. 7 Sqn. Supermarine Stranraer and 1 Short Sunderland, Patra
No. 8 Sqn. Supermarine Stranraer and 1 Short Sunderland, Volos

Advanced Naval Flight School, 100 Gloster Gannet, 54 Curtiss Hawk III, 94 Fairey Swordfish

This post has been edited 17 times, last edit by "Sachmle" (Aug 7th 2013, 1:23am)