ANAGRA, Greece --- The Mirage F1CG has been officially withdrawn from operational service
by the Hellenic Air Force.
During an official ceremony held at Tanagra HAF airbase, General Y. Papanikolaou, Chief
of Staff of the Hellenic Air Force, praised the 28 years of faithful and reliable service
provided by the Dassault Aviation single-engine fighter to the defence of Hellenic airspace.
In his comments, Serge Dassault, Honorary Chairman of Dassault Aviation, stressed the fact
that the Mirage F1 is at the origin of a very long and exemplary partnership between the air
forces and the industries of Greece and France. He said that this partnership has been
further reinforced by the selection of the Mirage 2000 multirole fighter by Greece in the
eighties, and, more recently by the order for the Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2.
The Mirage F1CG had been ordered by Greece in 1974 and 40 units had been delivered from
1975. The Mirage F1CG logged more than 160,000 flying hours with the HAF.
Throughout 28 years of operational service, they demonstrated their ruggedness, their
reliability and their capability to ensure total security of Hellenic airspace, in full
independence and autonomy.
(Source: Dassault Aviation; issued July 1, 2003)