Operations

Operation 'Michaelberg'

August 20th 1947

In 1947, the 'Mossad le-aliyah bet' (a secret branch of the Hagana devoted to bringing in illegal immigrants, which later evolved into the 'Mossad') managed to make contact with two American pilots who were willing to fly illegal immigrants to Jewish Palestine, in exchange for a hefty fee. The two would be using a Curtiss Commando transport which they owned. On August 20th 1947, the pilots flew Aliyah-bet agent Shlomo Hillel to Baghdad. Hillel carried out some quick organizational work, and at night a group of 50 youths from the 'Hehalutz' movement boarded the plane.

Operation "Uvda"

Operation "Uvda"

March 6-10th, 1949

Operation 'Ovda': IAF planes aid two IDF brigades and conqueror the Negev and Eilat.

Operation "Catapult"

Operation "Catapult"

Late June 1955

Operation 'Catapult': Britain makes plans for the destruction of the Israeli Air Force.

Operation "Yarkon"

Operation "Yarkon"

June 9th - 12th 1955

Operation 'Yarkon': six IAF Pipers exfiltrate an intelligence scout unit from the Sinai.

Operation "Masmer" (Nail)

September, 1964

In Sep. 1964 the IAF commenced operation “Nail”. The operation sought to transfer six disassembled Fuga jet planes and all accompanying equipment. Delivered on a single Boeing 377 Stratocruiser aircraft, the jets were accompanied by Lt. Col. Dani Shapira, a test pilot. In addition, two Dakota aircrafts were brought in, intended for the use of the yet to be established Ugandan paratrooper units. The operation concluded in the middle of the following year.

Operation "Asuta"

Operation "Asuta"

March 21st 1968

Operation 'Asuta': IDF forces raid terrorist targets south of the Dead Sea, with the IAF providing close air support.

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