• Decrease in Engine Damage

    A start up established by an IAF reserve combat pilot has brought an ~eighty percent decrease of FOD (Foreign Object Damage) in the engines of the "Nevatim" Airbases aircraft, damage which could potentially endanger lives and IAF assets

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ISTAR's Stars

Liat BloombergerThe secrecy surrounding the ISTAR unit makes it almost impossible to report on. Its staff has all gone through a long and difficult training program and work hard around the clock to gather information and produce intelligence reports. In short, it's a small unit that, very quietly, makes a big impact

‎Ben Gurion Airport, Watch Out

Shani PhaisIt's not just another airport where you can enjoy the duty free or a restaurant meal as you wait for your flight abroad. Spaceport America is intended for the first private flights to space. Work is already underway, and for those who want to be an astronaut (and have the financial means), the dream is closer than ever.

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  

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

The “Sting” has landed

Noam Ofir | Udi Ezion | Nikolai AvrutovIn recent months, Russia negotiates the sales of MIG-29 fighter jets to Syria. This is a good time to recall that in 1997, under a heavy cloud of secrecy, three MIG-29 “Fulcrum” ("Sting" in Russian)) landed in Israel. For several weeks, Israeli test pilots learned the plane and its weapon systems inside and out, flown numerous hours, and tested the jet’s abilities when facing Israeli fighter jets

Bombing Hell

Gal Goldstein | Translation: Avrutov NikolaiThe question of whether or not it was possible to stop the mass murder at the Auschwitz death camp during WWII came up many times in recent decades. Sergeant El Webber, who flew on sorties over the death camp, shares his memories and thoughts

To shoot or not to be

Written by: Yael Harari | Translation: Nikolai AvrutovIn combat, a few seconds of hesitation may bear a heavy cost. This lesson, along with many others, helicopter air crews learned at a special workshop, conducted by the "Flying Dragon" squadron. With topics ranging from formation's leader responsibility, to life and death decision on the surface, workshop participants contemplated battle field dilemmas and the decisions to be made

Fifth Generation in Israel

Sivan GazitIt's one of only two fifth-generation combat aircraft in the world, a stealth jet with impressive fighting, bombing and transport capabilities, and for the IDF it's the aircraft of the future. The F-35 is already taking shape, and the Air Force is doing all it can to acquire it as fast as it can, in order to preserve its aerial supremacy in the Middle East.  


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C-130J Super Hercules

The Hercules C-130J ("Shimshon") is a tactical heavy transport plane. The Hercules C-130J belongs to Hercules series of planes and it has advanced capabilities and is designed mostly for the benefit of joint missions with ground forces

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. The F-35I is expected to land in Nevatim in late 2016.

October Around the World

The pilot that built a jet with a "Do It Yourself" kit, Iraq's new UAV, the upgraded F-16, India's army is advancing and NASA's rockets that will be sent to Mars. October's Aviation events

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