Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays

By Spyros Georgilidakis | September 4, 2021

The author just visited the AFW (Athens Flying Week) 2021 Tanagra International Air Show. This is a pictorial account of the planes on display.

Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
HAF McDonnel Douglas F-4E Phantom II (PI-2000 upgrade)

Air shows saw many cancellations in the pandemic. Even in 2021 we saw the cancellation of the Paris Air Show. At least Sun N’ Fun and Air Venture went ahead in the US. Other events in the next few months, in Europe at least, could go either way.

HAF Dassault Mirage 2000 BGM

So the author and his wife were thrilled to visit the 2021 AFW air show, about an hour’s drive north of Athens, Greece. It takes place in Tanagra Air Base (LGTG). Usually, it has a good mix of both civil and military displays, both static and flying.

Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
Luftwaffe Eurofighter Typhoon
The tailpipes of the EJ200 engines on a Eurofighter Typhoon.

Alas, travel restrictions are still affecting many would-be participants. So this year, foreign entrants involved mainly military display teams from friendly countries. But there certainly were some interesting private/civil exceptions!

Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
Italian Air Force Leonardo M345, advanced/LIFT trainer
Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado IDS


2021 AFW Air Show – The Participants

This article follows our Saturday AFW 2021 visit, and is the first of two articles about the air show. Here you will see the aircraft on static display, minus any not available on Saturday. We will later post an article about the flying display, adding any static displays only put up on the second day.

Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
HAF North American T-2 Buckeye, an older (but still active) military trainer

Obviously, since the 2021 AFW air show takes place in Greece and it’s in an active air base, the Hellenic Air Force features quite heavily. All active HAF fighters featured in the show, along with trainers and other aircraft. They included the Mirage 2000, F-16, F-4E Phantom (still flying) and trainers like the T-6A Texan II and T-2 Buckeye.

Danish Lockheed (then General Dynamics) F-16BM, MLU upgrade
Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
Detail under the wing of the Danish F-16BM. This thing isn’t a missile, a bomb or a fuel tank. It’s a travel pod, for equipment or the pilot’s personal effects! There was another one on the other side, too. It’s a two-seater after all.

The only missing HAF fighter was the Dassault Rafale. Greece bought a number of these fighters, but they only got delivery of the first one this summer. But visitors to the 2021 AFW air show got to see a French Air Force example of the jet. And after people had admired it enough, its pilot performed a stunning flight display with it. More on that, in the second article!

Armée de l’air et de l’espace Dassault Rafale C (Solo Display Team)


Other Visitors

Static displays also included a Danish F-16BM (two-seat) aircraft, German and Saudi Tornados, German Eurofighters (single and two-seat), and more.

Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
Saudi Arabian McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Detail on the Saudi F-15 (right wing root, see previous photo). These are the six barrels of a 20mm rotary gun.

Elsewhere at the 2021 AFW air show, helicopters of the Hellenic Army and Navy were also on display. Alongside them and the fixed-wing aircraft, polite crews were explaining their features to wild-eyed kids – and quite a few adults, too.

Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
Hellenic Army AH-64 Apache
A Hellenic Army OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
Hellenic Army NH-90 TTH
Hellenic Navy Sikorsky S-70

Other exhibitors at the 2021 AFW air show showcased local aviation industry, flight schools and related activities. The aircraft of these flight schools were among the few non-military aircraft in view. Enjoy!

Air Show – AFW 2021, Day 1: Static Displays
A Piper Archer belonging to an Athens flying school (Global Aviation)

The aft fuselage sub-assembly of an F-16. A Greek subcontractor makes these at an installation adjacent to the Tanagra Air Base.

Airshow website

ALL photos by the author

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