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    Capt. Ben is a fighter pilot in the IAF and the grandson of Rachel, a holocaust survivor. In a unique inter-generational meeting the two discussed the past and future

IAF Magazine

Not Lost in Translation

Talya Yariv | Photography: The "Knights of the Yellow Bird" Squadron and the "Elephants" Squadron | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer ZubidaThe IAF's tactical transport aircraft were the first foreign aircraft to take part in the "Southern Strike" training exercise which took place in Mississippi, U.S. For two weeks, the "Hercules C-130" "Karnaf" (Hebrew for rhinoceros) and the "Super Hercules C-130J" "Shimshon" (Hebrew for Samson) trained for joint missions and close cooperation with the U.S Special Forces and brought the cooperation between the two to a new level

Always In Control

Naomi Zoreff | Translation: Ofri AharonFrom routine security measures to the most courageous operations during wars and operations, control station commanders are a central part of the IAF’s chain of command. What does it take to become a good controller? And how is the IDF’s busiest branch controlled?

More Than Protection

Noa Fenigshtein | Translated by: Ofri AharonThe helmet that rests on the heads of the aircrew members does much more than protect their heads. Developments in the field has allowed for pilots to receive information without lifting a finger and to launch missiles towards enemy aircraft just by looking in their direction

The New Black

Nadav Berger | Translation: Ofri AharonSince the IAF's establishment in 1948, many different airplanes have flown Israel's skies, but few have left a mark in history like the "Black Spit" of the late Ezer Weizman, former Israeli President and IAF commander. Recently, the airplane was remodeled and is ready for take off

Sitting in Nevada, Bombing in Afghanistan

Eilon Tohar | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer ZubidaTommy arrives at a register in a convenience store on his way home and is asked about his flight suit. "Just today I bombed six terrorists in Pakistan", he replies to the cashier, who of course doesn't believe him  

The Long Leg

Credit: Shahar Zorani | Ohad Zeltzer Zubida31 Years have passed since Operation "Wooden Leg" in which the IAF attacked the PLO terror organization Headquarters in Tunis, over 2,000 Kilometers from Israel. It was the farthest operation that the "Long Arm" of the IDF executed and it carried a clear and important message aimed at terror organizations. The two attacking squadron commanders still remember every detail - small and large

Airborne Alone

Yael Harari | Photography: Lior Dayan | Translation: Nikolai AvrutovRecently, a young pilot in training was forced to abandon its "Efroni" (T-6A) aircraft. When a pilot is forced to abandon its aircraft, he is forced to also abandon the feelings, thoughts, and understandings that accumulated over time. The physical challenge of ejecting from the plane is often accompanied by a mental challenge, which persists long after the pilot safely parachuted onto the ground. How to deal with an aircraft that "betrayed" you? How to handle the "noises" coming out of the engine of the next plane? Apparently, there is more than one answer


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This Month in History: April

April in the IAF is notable for integration of aircraft: From the Avia S-199, the IAF's first fighter aircraft, to the Sikorsky S-55. Each aircraft holds a unique story of difficulties and challenges

F-35I "Adir"

The "Adir" (F-35I) manufactured by "Lockheed Martin", is a fifth generation multirole stealth fighter jet. The first pair has been positioned in the first "Adir" Squadron, the "Golden Eagle" Squadron from Nevatim AFB.

Nevatim Airbase

Nevatim Airbase is located in the south of Israel, and is mostly used for tactical heavy transport planes. In April 2008 a new runway, the longest in the Middle East, was opened on the base. Nevatim AFB is also the home of the "Adir" (F-35I).

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