On the 12th of April the Hellenic Air Force lost another pilot. Captain Georgios Baltadoros was killed while returning from a 45 minute flight over the Aegean, when his Mirage 2000-5 crashed at sea. For the better part of the flight he was in a dogfight against Turkish aircraft that violated Greek airspace.
Captain Baltadoros was born on the 3rd of June 1984, and by all accounts he lived and breathed for flying. He was respected for his professionalism and flying skills in the tight-knit community of fighter pilots. He was also a husband and a father of three.
His aircraft has not yet been recovered, so the exact causes of the crash remain unknown.
Unfortunately, Georgios Baltadoros is not the first and will not be the last casualty in the undeclared war that wages over the Aegean since the early 80s, with multiple airspace violations each year and countless dogfights that push humans and machines to their absolute limit.