The Israeli government has received the first three of 25 advanced F-15 jet fighters it has ordered from the United States.
SV Officials waiting for U.S. F-15 fighter aircraft to arrive in Israel
CU Prime Minister Rabin seated
SV Officials and newsmen watching fighters flying over (3 shots)
GV F-15 fighter landing (2 shots)
SV Another F-15 landing
GV Fighter taking off
GV F-15 in flight (2 shots)
SV Newsmen watching
GV PAN Fighter landing
SV Crowd applauding as fighters land
SV Pilot in cockpit
GV Fighter on ground
CU PAN Officials
SV Prime Minister Rabin addressing gathering
CU Children looking at planes
TRANSCRIPT: RABIN: "It's a great day for the Israel defence force. The best plane in the Middle East has been given to the pilots of the Israel air force. It's a great day for Israel. We are encouraged today to feel the sense that we have become stronger, stronger in our military strength, for our defence, and I hope also that this strength will make it easier to achieve peace what we want to seek to us and our neighbouring countries."
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Background: The Israeli government has received the first three of 25 advanced F-15 jet fighters it has ordered from the United States.
SYNOPSIS: A big party of officials including the Prime Minister, Mr. Yitzak Rabin, were at an Israeli air base for the arrival of the aircraft. The Israeli government have kept secret the location of the base where the aircraft landed.
The F-15 is said to be one of the most advanced military aircraft in the world and is reputed to be more than a match for the Soviet Mig 23 aircraft. It has a range of about 5,000 kilometres (3,000 miles) and a top speed of Mach 2.5 or 3,300 kilometres an hour (2,000 miles an hour).
The new aircraft is said to be 20 years ahead of the U.S. Phantom fighter, which is the mainstay of the Israeli air force. It's capable of extremely low level and low speed runs despite its high maximum speed. It's also capable of operating at heights of up to 60,000 feet (about 18,000 metres).
The fighters, freshly painted in grey but with United States air force markings still showing, were flown in by United States pilots. They received an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd of 3,000 people and the Prime Minister, Mr. Rabin.