Israeli F-35I To Fly For First Time In 2017 Yom Ha’atzmaut Independence Day IAF Flypast

Every year on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) the Israeli Air Force puts on a flypast of a few different types of aircraft and in certain locations, an aerobatics display. And every year I struggle to find out the exact time.

The IAF have put the schedule out in two graphics rendering them impervious to Google Translate. I’ll provide the best key I can for the flypast (in order):

King Air B-200 “Tzofit” (Sunbird) – צופית
C-130 “Karnaf” (Rhino) – קרנף
C-130J “Samson” – שמשון
Gulfstream G550 AEW&C “Eitam” (Eagle) – עיטם
Gulfstream G550 SigInt “Shavit” (Comet) – שביט
F-15I “Ra’am” (Thunder) – רעם ; in formation with 707 refuelling tanker
F-16C/D “Barak” (Lightning) – ברק
F-15C/D “Baz” (Falcon) – בז
F-35I “Adir” (Mighty) – אדיר

This is the first public exhibition of our brand new F-35I “Adir” stealth fighters.

The place names are all in Hebrew but here are some key start times:

Tel Aviv  – 12:24 with an aerobatic display before at 12:05 centred on Gordon beach.
Jerusalem – 11:14 with an aerobatic display 14:00
Be’er Sheva – 10:35

There is also a more limited flypast in the south and a table of aerobatic display times:

I’ve tried my best to translate this, any mistakes, let me know and I’ll fix. And here’s the video I made after my trip to Ramat David Air Force base last year.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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