ATHENS FLYING WEEK 2021 - Tanagra Air Base / Greece
Update: 2021/11/01 by Shawn Clish / CHK6
The 2021 edition of Athens Flying Week (AFW) was held at Tanagra Air Base (LGTG) on September 4th and 5th. Tanagra is located 55 kilometres north of Athens and is the home of the Dassault MIRAGE 2000-5 operated by 331 Mira. The show features a high quality static display and flying programmes each day, showcasing many of the assets of the Hellenic Armed Forces and supported by numerous international air forces. Saturday’s aerial performances start at 3pm and continue through beautiful golden light concluding in a sunset show with fireworks while Sunday’s display is more traditional and starts at noon.
I had been determined to attend an event in Europe this summer with the intention of being at the XTM and Sanicole Shows in Belgium the week after AFW. However, due to the uncertainty of coronavirus travel restrictions and thanks to the strong lineup of performers confirmed for Athens and the wonderful lighting conditions at the show, I decided to change my plans. Tanagra Air Base is a wonderful venue for an air show. Spectators are situated east-west on the south side of the air base with close proximity to the taxiway and runway. The sun angle is fantastic and remains behind photographers throughout both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon programs.