Israeli Air Force

The story of how France helped Israel to build the Dimona nuclear power plant (and then imposed an arms embargo on Tel Aviv)

The story of how France helped Israel to build the Dimona nuclear power plant (and then imposed an arms embargo on Tel Aviv)

A strategic alliance with Israel On atomic affairs, the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA, French Atomic Energy Commission) did not… Read More

1 month ago

The story of the Israeli Nesher Fighter, the Mirage 5 Built by Rockwell (and Not by IAI)

The IAI Nesher Fighter Israel Aircraft Industries manufactured 51 single and ten two-seater Mirage 5s, the Israeli Air Force (IAF)… Read More

2 months ago

Israeli Air Force Fighter Pilot recalls when he landed his F-15 with One Wing Missing after a collision with an A-4

The F-15 Eagle The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to… Read More

2 months ago

Iran launches drone attack at Israel, expected to unfold ‘over hours.’ IAF fighters are airborne on defense mission in Israeli airspace.

Iran launches drone attack at Israel On Apr. 13, 2024, Iran launched dozens of drones at Israel but they are… Read More

3 months ago

In the 1970s the Israeli Air Force picked the F-15 over the F-14 after having evaluated both the Eagle and the Tomcat. Here’s why.

F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are two of the best (and two of the most beautiful)… Read More

4 months ago

‘I was 59. My squadron commander was 39.’ Leading jet ace Giora Even-Epstein recalls being the eldest Israeli F-16 pilot

Giora Even- Epstein, the leading jet ace Affable and enthusiastic, Giora Even- Epstein gained the nickname ‘Hawkeye’ because of his… Read More

6 months ago

Israeli Air Force F-4 Navigator recalls when he and his pilot attacked an Egyptian warship with an AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile during the Yom Kippur War

The F-4 Kurnass Despite the ability of the American manufactured F-4 to perform both the air-to-ground and air-to-air roles with… Read More

9 months ago

Former Israeli Air Force officer living in Massachusetts to reenlist after attack by Hamas fighters, US to reposition Gerald R. Ford CSG and tactical aircraft to support Israel

Former Israeli Air Force officer to reenlist To help with his home country's war effort following Saturday's attack by Hamas… Read More

9 months ago

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

11 months 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

11 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

12 months ago

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

The F-16 and the Iron Eagle series While Top Gun showed off the F-14 Tomcat to its advantage, the F-16… Read More

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year ago