THROUGH THE LENS: Israel’s 69th Independence Day
Report and photos by Yissachar Ruas
May 4, 2017
This week the IAF commemorated Israel’s 69th Independence Day with a flypast, this traditional event varies each year in size. This year’s event marked the first time the IAF presented its new F-35 “Adir” as it is known locally to the public.
The “Adir” was showcased last to the beachgoers in Tel Aviv. While the flypast is usually set to over fly most of Israel’s population centers, Tel Aviv beach gets to see most of what the IAF decides to put in the air. This year the IAF stood up 33 aircraft in flying demonstration while 2 major Air Force bases were opened – Tel Nof and Ramat David. The aircraft included 5 F-15Is, 5×2 F-16Cs, 2 G550 Gulfstreams, 3Beechcraft King Airs, 3 M-346s, 3 CH-53s 1 KC707 refuelling 3 F-15Ds, 1 C-130H, 2 C-130j-30s,3 F-35s and many displays across the country of the IAF’s display Team.
Next will be Israel’s 70th and aviation enthusiasts wait with baited breath to see if there will be a major performance like there was for the 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th years of Independence.