Hellenic Air Force

New Turkish overflights on Wednesday

A pair of Turkish fighter jets entered Athens' Flight Information Region (FIR) without submitting a flight plan on Wednesday and flew over the islet of Farmakonisi in the eastern Aegean.

The airspace violation was recorded at 1.58 p.m. at 25,000 feet.

They were chased off by Greek air force pilots in line with international rules of engagement. 

Air Force aircraft perform flypast rehearsals ahead of March 25

Hellenic Air Force fighter jets and helicopters flew over the capital at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday as a practice run ahead of the March 25 national holiday, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) said.

A Mirage-3000 and an F-16 jet flew twice over Athens, according to GEETHA.

Turkish F-16s fly over Greek islet

Six days after two Turkish fighter jets flew over the islet of Ro, in the eastern Mediteranean, a new pair of F-16s flew over it on Tuesday afternoon, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) said.

The fighter jets entered Athens' Flight Information Region at 4.52 p.m. without submitting a flight plan, flying at 10,000 feet.

Turkish violations surge in 2019

In an indication of the rising tensions over the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean this year, there has been a significant increase in the number of violations of Greece's national airspace by Turkish fighter jets since the beginning of 2019 and as a result mock dogfights with Greek jets have more than doubled, according to data released on Wednesday by the Hellenic Air Force General Staff (

Turkish fighter jets enter Athens FIR in the Aegean

Four Turkish F-16 and two F-4 fighter jets flying in three formations entered the Athens Flight Informational Region (FIR) on several occasions in the northeastern and southeastern Aegean on Monday.

They were chased off by Greek air force pilots in line with international rules of engagement. Two of the six fighter jets were armed.

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