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.

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