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The wait was worthwhile. We finally have the HAF/80th Anniversary Special Edition pictorial book by Special Projects in hand. A brand new pictorial book that is available starting 26th of April in order to commemorate the 80th anniversary since the establlishment of the Hellenic Air Force. The HAF / 80 YEARS book has 160 pages containing 164 color photos and 16 aircraft profiles. It is available in softcover and in a limited edition of only 200 pieces with hardcover. We have to say that the hardcovered version of the book comes signed by the author Mr. Antonios Tsagkaratos. In order to achieve this fine result which is characterized by integrity, creativity and uniqueness Mr. Tsagkaratos made numerous visits to Hellenic Air Force air bases and took place in specially designed flights over several months.
Ugo Crisponi is the mind and the heart behind Aviationgraphic. He is 38 years old originally experienced with mechanical engineering and technical drawing. Born and raised in Italy now lives and works between Italy and Japan. We had the opportunity to interview him. Please enjoy!
Flyboys is a company based in the US that specializes in manufacturing gear for pilots like helmet bags, kneeboards, patches etc. Since 1995, Fly Boys has worked tirelessly to ensure every customer is personally and professionally satisfied with every aspect of their shopping and flying experience with Fly Boys flight gear. Actually for pilots who demand the best gear to go with their high performance jets, this is the final stop. Flyboys also equips Hellenic Air Force personnel mainly with bags for helmet protection. For more information you could visit their web-site www.flyboys.com or visit their Facebook page with recent updates of their work.
As known 336 Squadron "Olympos" is the last in the world to still fly with A-7E Corsair II. Nevertheless today 27 February 2010 the 336 Squadron celebrating the 67 years in service of Hellenic Air Force presented a special painted A-7H Corsair II aircraft which is placed in front of the squadron's building in Araxos AB. The type has stopped flying in 2007 and among other 340, 345 and 347 Squadrons made use of it. We especially thank our friend Vaggelis Kontodimos from Patras for the information and the photographs.
"I Fly For Charity" is an initiative of the Alfa-line crewchiefs and the pilots of the 10th Tactical Wing in Kleine Brogel, Belgium. The pilot-puppets from "I Fly For Charity" fly with different pilots and different kinds of aircraft around the globe before being sold to the highest bidder on the internet together with their official logbooks and pictures of their adventures. The three courageous IFFC-pilots are "Tijgetje" for 31 Sqn, "Miss Tweety" for the OCU Sqn and "Mace" (Homer) for 349 Sqn. All proceeds of this initiative go entirely to the "Children’s Cancer Foundation, npi" in Belgium. (Kinderkankerfonds vzw) It is off course always possible to contribute to this project even before the IFFC-pilots are sold.
There are two ways to do so:
A few time ago we announced that new A-7 Corsair of 336 Squadron "Olympos" is going to be produced by Witty Wings. We asked for detailed description of the prodecure followed for creation of the models and Mr. Jimmy Fung made us the honor to share the secrets of their job. Please enjoy details and photos from the Hellenic Air Force A-7 Corsair getting life.
Kostas Kavvathias was born in Lefkimmi, Corfu in July 24th 1968. He was interested in Aviation in generall at early age mainly because of the model making (Matchbox, Airfix kits) and the war comics who where so popular at the time. He never went to Art school, but took aerodynamic courses during his 4 year living in England; years (1989 – 1992). He now lives and works in the island of Corfu in Greece. A mini interview with Kostas Kavvathias follows...