The Hellenic Air Force Academy (Greek: Σχολή Ικάρων, abbr. ΣΙ) is a military academy responsible for supplying the Hellenic Air Force with pilots, flight engineers, ground engineers and air traffic / air defence controllers. It was founded in 1919 as the Military Academy of Aviation (Στρατιωτική Σχολή Αεροπλοΐας) and renamed in 1967 as the Icarus School in reference to the figure of Icarus in ancient Greek mythology. The figure of Icarus forms the centrepiece of the academy's badge.
The Hellenic Air Force Academy is a member of the European Air Force Academies (EUAFA).
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