Yom Kippur War

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

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

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

10 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

1 year 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

2 years ago

SR-71 Blackbird pilot tells the story of when he and his RSO flew a 11.13 hours mission involving 6 refuelings and more than five hours above Mach 3.0 during the Yom Kippur War

Upon arrival at Mildenhall to set up recovery operations, Colonel Patrick Halloran, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Commander, was informed that… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Israeli F-4 flight that dodged (at least) 20 Syrian SAMs in a single mission during the Yom Kippur War

“During this flight, we really felt like missile hunters, though we were not sure who would hunt first: the missile… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Israeli F-4 crew that attacked an Egyptian warship with an AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile during the Yom Kippur War

“I remembered that I once read in Aviation Week that during the Vietnam War, Americans utilized an AIM-7 to sink… Read More

2 years ago

The story of why the Israeli Air Force Picked the F-15 Eagle over the F-14 Tomcat

The requirement was for around 50 4th-generation fighters to see the Israeli Air Force (IAF) through to the 1990s —… Read More

2 years ago

The DEFCON System and which levels US Forces have been in the Past

Those of us who are GenXrs clearly remember the film "War Games." We will not rehash that film, but it… Read More

2 years ago

In 1970s Israeli pilots who would have led Operation Opera went to TOPGUN and taught instructors tactics for F-4 versus MiG-21 and One versus Many

The Israelis sent an F-4 crew to TOPGUN following the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The history of air combat has… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Israeli F-4 crew that shot down an Egyptian Mi-8 helicopter by means of its Kurnass afterburners

F-4 Kurnass call sign CLOSET 1 hit the Mi-8 helicopter with a gun burst and then, as it flew overhead… Read More

3 years ago

The Israeli Air Force A-4’s “Barrel”: the Yom Kippur War-era modification that extended the Skyhawk’s nozzle to combat the heat-seeking SA-7 SAM

This slight shift farther back from the missile's normal 'hot' aiming point actually made the difference when it came to… Read More

3 years ago

Israeli F-4 Pilot tells the story of when his Kurnass flew through three consecutive SAM explosions during a Yom Kippur War mission

“I decided to press ahead, even though I could see the SAM approaching us. In a split second my mind… Read More

3 years ago

The unknown story of the Israeli F-4s that dogfighted with North Korean MiG-21s during the Yom Kippur War

"Seconds later we saw them, two MiGs. Crossover and the two of us engaged them. One MiG disappeared the other… Read More

3 years ago

The day Israeli F-4Es shot down 14 Egyptian Mi-8 helicopters (one by using their afterburner)

On Oct. 6. 1973, the first day of the Yom Kippur War, the Kurnass community was faced with an unorthodox… Read More

4 years ago

The Story of the first Iraqi Air Force MiG-21 Pilot Killed In Action during the Yom Kippur War

Hamid and Khafaji MiG-21s clashed with two pairs of Mirages, and Khafaji should have managed to shot down one of… Read More

5 years ago