The Israeli Air Force marked its annual Air Force Day on Tuesday July 18 with a graduation parade of new pilots and a fly-past at an un-named air-base.
GV Helicopters fly by with flags suspended beneath
GV Fly-past of Nords
GV Fly-past of two Stratocruisers and two Herculse
GV Fly-past of Skyhawks
GV Fly-past of Mirages in formation
GV Fly-past of Phantoms in formation
GV Four Phantoms performing acrobatics
SV CH-53 helicopter performing aerobatic (3 shots)
GV PAN hercules flying past low to ground
LV Vehicles coming out of Hercules on the ground (2 shots)
Series of fly-pasts by various types of aircraft.
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Background: The Israeli Air Force marked its annual Air Force Day on Tuesday July 18 with a graduation parade of new pilots and a fly-past at an un-named air-base.
About three thousand people, including the Israeli Defence Minster, General Moyshe Dayan, watched the fly past. Frontline aircraft took part, including American-built Phantom and Skyhauk fighter -bombers and French Mirage fighters.
Correspondents were not permitted to report how many new pilots greadapted and could describe the air-base only as 'somewhere in the south'.
Before the air display, the Israeli Air Force commander, Mordechai Hod, told newsmen that the air force was now relatively stronger than the air arms of Egypt and Syria than it we before the war of 1967.
SYNOPSIS: Israel's air power was on show last Tuesday in a fly-past of military aircraft to mark the annual Air Force Day. The display was held at an air-base described officially as 'somewhere in the south'.
Leading the fixed-wind aircraft in the fly-past...French designed Nard support aircraft with distinctive twin booms.
Large Boeing Strato-cruisers -- seen here with American-built Hercules transports -- have been modified by the Israelis to serve as refuelling tankers.
Skyhawk fighter-bambais are across the sky in formation.
French-built Mirage fighters, for long the back-bona of the Israeli air force. Israel is know to have at least sixty Mirages, but France had refused to well any more.
American-built Phantom now form the front-line of the Israeli Air Force. These Phantoms have a performance of twice the speed of sound.
The Israelis expect the Phantoms to remain their main air armament well into the 1980's.
The air force commander, General Mordechai Hod, told newsmen that the Israelis were now relatively stronger in the air than Egypt and Syria than before the 1967 war. Israel won this encounters largely because of the superiority of its air force.
Israel's capability includes flying-in troops and vehicles using Hercules transport aircraft operating on shot landing strips.