The Israeli Air Force took part in the celebrations surrounding Israel’s 63rd Independence Day, in a flyover which crossed all of Israel from the north to the south and included battle jets, fuel planes and helicopters. The flyover is a customary part of the IDF’s activities on Israel’s Independence Day, which pilots start training for weeks before the actual occasion.
Footage from within IAF planes of drills in preparation for the flyover and aerobatic tricks:
The flyover consisted of several demonstrations which included three CH53 Sicorsky Helicopters, three Hercules airplanes, a Boeing 707 plane, three F-15I fighter jets, five F-16I fighter jets, five F-16 fighter jets and three Gulfstream V airplanes. In IAF bases throughout the countries visitors could see take-offs and landings, historical aircraft, and fire extinguishing demonstrations by planes.
Other IDF bases opened their doors to visitors and set up exhibitions of military equipment, dog training shows, as well as guided tours and historical artifacts from the army’s earliest years.
More pictures of the IAF’s flyover, in different parts of Israel:
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