The Long Leg

30 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

Flying Alone

A pilot that flies a single-seated fighter jet is faced with many challenges: from the moment he receives the mission and the takeoff, through the execution of the mission itself and to the landing, he faces all of these challenges and hardships alone. He knows that the success of the mission rests solely on his shoulders. A few of these pilots try to explain what qualities are needed in order to become a single-seat pilot

The New Black

Since 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

More Than Protection

The 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

Sitting in Nevada, Bombing in Afghanistan

Hollywood production brings up thought provoking questions about the ethics of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) strikes that over the years have become a central part of the modern battlefield. It turns out that the operation of these unique aircraft brings operational advantages alongside weighty ethical dilemmas

Unlike any other

There isn’t another one like it in the world. The Bell-Boeing V-22 "Osprey" has been the source of much curiosity since it entered service in the U.S military and it still isn't clear if the tilt-rotor has more positives or negatives. Last month, two IAF pilots arrived at the U.S. to try the new aircraft themselves and try to answer these questions

Top of the Olympus

IAF helicopters and Unit 669 fighters met their Greek counterparts in an exercise that took place in Greece. It was a good chance to exchange ideas, methods and thoughts

The wings of terror

Many terror organizations's dream is to successfully hijack an aircraft and once, long before September 11th, these attempts were almost routine. 33 years ago, an El-Al plane was first hijacked, and terror organizations haven't ceased to attempt similar attacks since

The A-4 Skyhawk era with the IAF is coming to an end. The planes that attacked, plummeted and bred generations of combat pilots and navigators, will step down after more than four decades in service. Which instructional plane will replace it? The IAF set out to decide and narrowed down the choices to likely candidates. All the details in the article ahead

Artistry in the Sky

The people gathered in the crowd did not allow themselves to miss them and they did not allow themselves to miss a millimeter. Three pilots of the Air Force's Aviation Acrobatics team share experiences from their new plane and discuss how many new maneuvers might appear at the next wings ceremony

Conquering Fear

People don't normally associate the fear of heights with pilots and their flight crews, but what do those who find themselves in the cockpit suffering from a fear of heights do?

It was a Winter's Tale

Why is it that we call the weather mother nature when so often it strikes us down with its powerful stormy fists, when it can toy with our hearts on a whim, destroying man's plans like a hand sweeping across a chessboard?

Bonjourno Uvda

Three weeks after Israeli and Italian air force crews trained together in Sardinia, the Italians arrived in Israel for the second half of their training with the IAF

20 years and counting

Already in action for 20 years, the Tzofit (Beechcraft King Air) flies as an important component of the light transport system for gathering close and long distance intelligence. Today, the plane's capabilities are far greater than that which it had during its first days in the IAF when, in efforts to increase flight range, members of the plane's squadron drilled a large hole in the belly of the plane

Families in Blue

With both mom and dad working in the Air Force, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a daily routine where the line between home, Air Force and work are constantly blurred? Three homes have opened their doors to give us an inside look at how each of them live as an Air Force family