Israeli Air Force

The Odyssey of Israel’s recce Phantoms: from the Mach 3+ F-4X to the electronic warfare F-4E(S)

The Odyssey of Israel’s recce Phantoms: from the Mach 3+ F-4X to the electronic warfare F-4E(S)

With an increase in engine thrust by 150% the F-4X would have featured dash speeds of Mach 3.2, cruise at… Read More

1 month ago

The Story of the College Student that scored the first ever Gun Kill for an Israeli F-4 Phantom II

Three or four times a week Aviem Sella returned from missions over Egypt flying at low altitude over Haifa to… Read More

2 months ago

The story of the Iraqi Tu-16 bomber that strafed Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base by means of its defensive barbettes during the Six-Day War

The Tu-16 was then hit by one of two missiles fired by two Mirages and attempted to escape in an… Read More

2 months ago

F-16 Viper on celluloid — The story of the Iron Eagle series

While Top Gun showed off the F-14 Tomcat to its advantage, the F-16 Fighting Falcon had the very questionable Iron… Read More

3 months ago

Operation Opera: the story of how Israeli Air Force F-16 Netz fighter bombers destroyed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor

The Israel Defence Force/Air Force delayed their own mission long enough to get the machines it needed for the attack… Read More

4 months ago

Close Cousins: IAI Lavi versus F-16 Viper

Some experts feel that the performance of the IAI Lavi would be broadly comparable to today's F-16C/D Viper in most… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the IAF Skyhawk pilot who shot down two Syrian MiG-17s flying an A-4 fitted with French-designed and Israeli-manufactured 30 mm DEFA Cannon

Dotan squeezed the trigger and fired a long burst into the jet's right wing root. The wing was quickly ripped… Read More

5 months ago

Israeli Fulcrums! The saga of IAF’s MiG-29 fighter jets

Unlike the other frontline fighters of the past, the Israelis seemed unable to obtain a MiG-29 Fulcrum through clandestine measures.… Read More

5 months ago

Israeli Air Force F-35I Adir stealth fighters participate in Red Flag for first time

The F-35I Adir’s participation in Red Flag 23-2 marks the first time the aircraft has been deployed to the US.… Read More

6 months ago

During the Yom Kippur War an Israeli F-4E crew shot down an Egyptian Mi-8 Helicopter using its Kurnass Afterburners

As F-4 call sign CLOSET 1 flew overhead the doomed helicopter, the Kurnass afterburners were switched on and the nose… Read More

6 months ago

US, Israel Kick off Exercise Juniper Oak 23-2, a Massive Drill with 142 Aircraft, amid growing tensions with Iran

Of the 142 aircraft participating, 100 are American, including everything from four US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers to… Read More

8 months ago

Israel Formally Requested to US 25 F-15EX Eagle II fighter jets to Boost its Capabilities to Strike Iran

Israel has sent a formal request to the US to purchase 25 F-15IA (F-15EX) Eagle II fighter jets with an… Read More

8 months ago

Israeli Pilots with Foreign Passports Barred by US from Flying IAF F-35I Adir Stealth Fighter Aircraft

Sources claim the IAF accepted this stipulation and gave up assigning pilots to F-35I Adir aircraft. In fear of information… Read More

9 months ago

Israel grounds 11 F-35I stealth jets after US F-35B crash at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth

Israel has 33 F-35I stealth jets delivered so far and they are assigned to the 116th Lions of the South… Read More

9 months ago

The story of how Israeli Air Force turned its F-15 Air-to-air Fighters into bombers to destroy PLO’s HQ complex in Tunis

The mission would have been not only the longest air strike conducted by Israeli Air Force since Entebbe in 1976,… Read More

11 months ago

Israeli F-4 Navigator tells the story of when he and his pilot and their wingman engaged a North Korean MiG-21 during the Yom Kippur War

“The MiG pilot was extraordinarily good, flying wild and reacting time. He was alone against the two of us and… Read More

11 months ago