Hellenic Air Force Academy

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The Hellenic Air Force Academy (Σχολή Ικάρων, abbr. ΣΙ (SI)) is a military academy responsible for supplying the Hellenic Air Force with pilots, aeronautical engineers and air traffic/air defence controllers.wikipedia
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Hellenic Air Force

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ΣΙ (SI)) is a military academy responsible for supplying the Hellenic Air Force with pilots, aeronautical engineers and air traffic/air defence controllers.
In 1931 the Hellenic Air Force Academy, the Icarus School (Greek: Σχολή Ικάρων), was founded.

Military academy

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ΣΙ (SI)) is a military academy responsible for supplying the Hellenic Air Force with pilots, aeronautical engineers and air traffic/air defence controllers.

Marinos Mitralexis

Most graduates of those years gave their life in the air battles of World War II, like 2nd Lieutenant Marinos Mitralexis.
Mitralexis graduated as a Second Lieutenant from the Hellenic Air Force Academy in summer 1940.

Argos

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On October 1940 the academy was transferred to the city of Argos.
The area it covers was created in 1916-1917 and was greatly used during the Greco-Italian War and for the training of new Kaberos school aviators for the Hellenic Air Force Academy.

Thessaloniki

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The first institution for training was founded in 1919 as Military Academy of Aviation in Thessaloniki.

Icarus

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In 1967 it took also the name Icarus School in reference to the figure of Icarus in ancient Greek mythology.

Aircraft pilot

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Since then, from the academy have graduated at least 2600 pilots, 1200 aircraft engineers and other specializations according to the Air Force needs.

Tatoi Palace

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The modern Icarus School is the successor of the Air Force School, founded in 1931 at the airport of Dekeleia, Tatoi in Athens.

Athens

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The modern Icarus School is the successor of the Air Force School, founded in 1931 at the airport of Dekeleia, Tatoi in Athens.

Air force

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Training in the academy was common for both the Air Force and the Navy Aviation.

World War II

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Most graduates of those years gave their life in the air battles of World War II, like 2nd Lieutenant Marinos Mitralexis.

Battle of Greece

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In April 1941, due to the German invasion of Greece, the academy was again transferred to the Middle East and later on to Southern Rhodesia, where it operated normally from September 1941 until the summer of 1946.

Middle East

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In April 1941, due to the German invasion of Greece, the academy was again transferred to the Middle East and later on to Southern Rhodesia, where it operated normally from September 1941 until the summer of 1946.

Southern Rhodesia

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In April 1941, due to the German invasion of Greece, the academy was again transferred to the Middle East and later on to Southern Rhodesia, where it operated normally from September 1941 until the summer of 1946.

England

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Normal operation of the academy begun on October 1947, when the first postgraduates from England were accepted.

Royal Air Force

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The initial structure of the Royal Hellenic Air Force Academy was done according to the structure of the Royal Air Force academies of Southern Rhodesia.

United States

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In 1950, the first RHAF pilot squadron returned from the United States, where it had been trained.

Jet aircraft

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In 1952 starts a new era for the Air Force Academy, the era of jets.

Jordan

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In 1962 the academy accepted the first foreign students from Jordan, due the good relations between King Hussein of Jordan and King Constantine II of Greece then.

Hussein of Jordan

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In 1962 the academy accepted the first foreign students from Jordan, due the good relations between King Hussein of Jordan and King Constantine II of Greece then.

Constantine II of Greece

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In 1962 the academy accepted the first foreign students from Jordan, due the good relations between King Hussein of Jordan and King Constantine II of Greece then.

Greece

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In 1962 the academy accepted the first foreign students from Jordan, due the good relations between King Hussein of Jordan and King Constantine II of Greece then. In 1964 the academy was turned to a Highest Education Institution (ΑΕΙ, "University"), equal to all other universities in Greece.

University

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In 1964 the academy was turned to a Highest Education Institution (ΑΕΙ, "University"), equal to all other universities in Greece.

Hellenic Armed Forces

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Since 1991 the Hellenic Air Force Academy accepts female engineer students and since 2000, female pilot students as happens with the other two branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces (female "Arms" students and female combatants respectively).

North American T-2 Buckeye

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In addition, the old and tired "Rockwell T-2 Buckeye" was scheduled to be replaced, after 30 years of service, by a new advanced trainer that would provide adequate training for entering the 5th generation fighters era.