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    The Israeli Air Force made its presence felt yet again this week as Israeli fighters tore across the sky over the Leban???

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    The Israeli Air Force made its presence felt yet again this week as Israeli fighters tore across the sky over the Leban???se capital, Beirut, on Thursday, as fighting broke out between opposing forces there. Israel's Air Force is probably the most effective weapon ever deployed in the Mid East.

    SYNOPSIS: With Lebanon Syria and Saudi Arabia a more couple of minutes flying time away, Israel keeps its Air Force in a state of constant read lines. Well-trained ground and air crews maintain a fle???t of latest jet strike aircraft, including American Phantoms, French Mirages and Israeli-built Kfir fighters on instant call. In three Mid East wars, the Israelis claim total air superiority. According to Israeli figures, its airmen achieved a kill ratio of 60-1 during the 1967 war and 40-1 in the 1973 conflict. One ???elling factor was the ultra-rapid turn-round time achieved by Israeli ground crews in arming and fu???lling aircraft.

    Israel's greatest breakthrough, however, is in the design and manufacture of its own Kfir strike aircraft, capable of twice the speed of sound. Built here at Israeli Air Industries' factory it is now in front-line operational service. The Kfir -- Lion Cub -- goes some way towards Israel's dream of self-reliance in military weapons.

    Air Force cadets are given thorough training in the practical engineering and scientific aspects of aerospace technology, as w??ll as intensive courses in all aspects of flying. The Air Force is backed by a large corps of fully-trained reservists who are recalled regularly for refresher courses. With an air arm hopelessly outnumbered by its potential enemies, the Israelis have based their reliance on the best possible training -- using all the latest aids to flying and combat training. Simulators such as this are invaluable in teaching pilot cadets the essentials of flying while still on the ground. Today, as the threatened build-up of sophisticated air forces throughout the Middle East looms larger, the Israelis can derive satisfaction from the knowledge that they have never been defeated in the air.

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