Ioannis Lekkas provides an insight into how Greek Air Force T-2 Buckeye jet trainers are operated


Gear up! The Buckeye has a single hydraulic system, served by two independent pumps, driven by the engines. It is responsible for the gear retraction/ extension sequence, plus powering the ailerons, elevators, tail hook and airbrakes. Should the system fail, there are mechanical backups.

In the 1970s, the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) was awaiting arrival of F-4E Phantom, Mirage F.1CG and A-7H Corsair, yet was reliant on the Lockheed T-33 for its training needs.

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