Ling-Temco-Vought A-7H Corsair II for Greece

Last revised December 18, 2001


The A-7H (H for Hellenic) was a version of the Corsair II built for the Elliniki Aeroporia (Hellenic Air Force) of Greece. It was essentially similar to the USAF A-7D. The first of 60 A-7H flew for the first time on May 6, 1975. There were also five TA-7H two-seaters built. Since they were built under FMS contracts, they were issued US Navy Bureau Numbers.

Beginning in 1975, the Greek Corsair IIs were issued to 115 Pteriga Mahis based at Soudha, replacing the F-84F Thunderstreak. The two squadrons were 340 Mira "Alepou" and 345 Mira "Lailaps". In July of 1992, A-7s were also issued to 347 Mira based at Larissa (which moved to Soudha in July of 1993 and then to Araxos). 338 Mira supposedly operated A-7s briefly before converting to the F-4. 345 Mira is the A-7 conversion unit. .

Although the Greek A-7s had a primary role of ground attack, they also had a secondary role of air defense, and could carry a pair of Sidewinder missiles on launch rails on the fuselage sides.

The A-7H proved to be extremely popular in Greek service, and in the 1990s, 36 A-7Es and TA-7Cs surplus to US Navy requirements were transferred to Greece. They were issued to 116 Pteriga Mahis based at Araxos, where they equipped 335 Mira "Tigreis" and 336 Mira "Olympus. The A-7s replaced F-104G Starfighters, which had been withdrawn from service and placed in storage.

Serial Numbers of Ling-Temco-Vought A-7H/TA-7H Corsair II

159662/159667	Ling-Temco-Vought A-7H Corsair II     (6)
				for Greece
159913/159966	Ling-Temco-Vought A-7H Corsair II	(54)
				For Greece
161218/161222	Ling-Temco-Vought TA-7H Corsair II	(5)
				for Greece

Sources:


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  5. Air Power Analysis--Greece, World Air Power Journal, Volume 19, Winter 1994.