Turkish media claims Greek F16 fighter pilot landed to use ATM


Reports are surfacing that Turkish news outlets have picked up a story about a Greek fighter pilot allegedly landing on a disused runway to obtain cash.

Greek F16 Fighter Pilot

With the Greece being fucked in economic crisis, the country is still in lockdown with banks only dispensing up to 60 euros per day. So it sounds totally plausable that Greek F16 pilot, Homere Sipostopoulos took his plane down during a combat exercise into Turkey to withdraw money. Right?

Due to the antagonistic relationship between the two countries, Greece regularly flies training missions around the two countries’ borders and apparently the Turkish media are also pretty keen to add some fuel to this fire.

Multiple Turkish new sites actually picked up and ran with this story after it was posted by French site RadiCocpit.fr with their tongue firmly in cheek. The French site (currently down due to traffic) said:

“…Already familiar with the area from frequent training exercises over the Aegean, pilot (Homere) Sipostopoulos was flying a patrol over the Greek island of Samos when he suddenly changed course and head towards an abandoned airfield in the town of Söke just 3 kilometers away in Turkey’s western province of Aydın… Upon landing at the airfield, which had once been used for military training flights but had been shut down 15 years ago, the Greek pilot then taxied his plane into one of the dilapidated hangars nearby to hide it… Exiting his plane, Sipostopoulos {a fake-sounding Greek last name, by the way} then proceeded to Söke city center on foot and withdrew TRY 2,000 (EUR 700) from three different ATMs, each, before heading to the change office and having it all converted to Euros… Now with over EUR 2,000 on hand, the pilot quickly returned to the hangar and took off, returning back to the Nea Anchialos {sic, Aghialos} airfield in Greece.”

By afternoon, #F16ATM was trending on Twitter.


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