The famous A-4N Ahit in glory days of the IAF. The Ahit in IAF service served in ten squadrons from 1967 till 2015. Seen here the A-4N Ahit of Tayeset 102 'The Flying Tiger Squadron' at Hatzerim.

Piet Luijken

The DC-3/C-47 Dakota in IAF service was the backbone of the transport force. The Dakota served in three squadrons (103, 120 and 122 Sqn). On duty in 1977, this C-47 of 122 Sqn at Mt Sinai.

Jaap Dijkstra

Bir Jifjafa/Malez AB (--) Bir Gifgafa

RWY 15L/33R, 15R/33L, 16/34     POS 30°24'31"N 033°09'27"E     ELEV 1051ft

Bacha 3
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
101 Squadron
Tayeset (101 טייסת)
The First Fighter Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Krav Ha Rishona
Mirage 3CJ Shahak
IAI Nesher
IAI Kfir C1
IAI Kfir C2
(1967-1972)
(1972-1975)
(1975-1976)
(1976-1980)
detachment, QRA
detachment, QRA
detachment, QRA
detachment, QRA
114 Squadron
Tayeset (114 טייסת)
The Super Frelon Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Super Frelon
SA321K Tsira (1967-1980) returned to Tel Nof
118 Squadron
Tayeset (118 טייסת)
The First Yassur Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Yassurit Ha'Rishona
CH-53C Yassur (1970-1980) returned to Tel Nof
119 Squadron
Tayeset (119 טייסת)
The Bat Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Atalef
Mirage 3CJ Shahak
F-4E Kurnas
(1967-1970)
(1970-1980)
to ?? Sqn
returned to Tel Nof
120 Squadron
Tayeset (120 טייסת)
The International Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Binliomit
C-97 Anak
B707-100 Saknaye
(1968-1979)
(1973-1980)
detachment
detachment
Bir Gifgafa AB was captured by Israeli forces during the Six Day War in June 1967. The base was renamed in Refidim and this base was a Forward Operating Base for the IAF. All units based here were detached for several weeks. 101 Sqn and 119 Sqn provided QRA duties in a period from 1967 till 1980. After the Peace Treaty with Egypt in 1979, Refidim was evacuated and handed over to the Egyptian autorities in 1980.

Workhorses in the early days, Avia S.199, Spitfires and P-51 Mustangs. The first three fighter squadrons of the IAF (101, 105 and 107 Sqn) were equipped with the survivors of WWII.

Jaap Dijkstra

El Gora (HEGR)

RWY 08/26, 17/35     POS 31°04'24"N 034°08'58"E     ELEV 324 ft

Bacha 25
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
253 Squadron
Tayeset (253 טייסת)
The Iron Bird Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tzipor Barzel
IAI Nesher (1976-1980) moved to Hatzor
After the occupation of the Sinai Peninsula in 1967, Israel needed more capacity for the expansion of the IAF. Therefore Eitam AB was constructed and became operational in 1976. After the Peace Treaty with Egypt in 1979, the IAF evacuated the base. Egypt took over the control of Eitam AB and nowadays the airfield is used as El Gora.

The first jet trainers in IAF service, the Fouga Magister. During the Six Day War in 1967, two reserve squadrons (140 and 147 Sqn) were formed for light bomber missions. Later the Magisters were upgraded to Tzukit trainers. The Magister served the IAF from 1968 till 2009.

Jaap Dijkstra

During the 'American' period the IAF acquired many F-4E Kurnas' to equip five squadrons (69, 105, 107, 119 and 201 Sqn). The Kurnas was mainly used as bomber during the War of Attrition (1968 - 1972) and the Yom Kippur War (1973). Seen here is a RF-4E reconnaissance Kurnas from 107 'The Orange Tail' Sqn, based at Hatzerim.

Oren Rozen

Hatzerim (LLHB) Bacha 6

RWY 10L/28R, 10R/28L, 32/14     POS 31°14'00"N 034°39'45"E     ELEV 725

Bacha 6
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
69 Squadron
Tayeset (69 טייסת)
The Hammers Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Patishim
F-15I Ra'am (1998-present)
102 Squadron
Tayeset (102 טייסת)
The Flying Tigers Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Namer Ha'Meofeef
A-4E, TA-4J Ahit
A-4E Ahit {from 140 Sqn}
A-4N Ahit {from 147 Sqn}
M346i Lavi
(1969-1985)
(1976-2015)
(1986-2015)
(2015-present)
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stored
stored
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Orange Tail Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Zanav Katom
F-4E Kurnas
F-4E Kurnas 2000
(1971-1990)
(1990-1997)
upgraded to Kurnas 2000
stored
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Knights of the Yellow Bird Squadron
Tayeset Abiri Ha'Tzipor Ha'Tzhahov
F-16I Sufa (2006-present)
123 Squadron
Tayeset (123 טייסת)
The Southern Bell Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Belliet Ha'Dromit
Bell 205 Iroqouis (1969-1978) wfu, sold
123 Squadron
Tayeset (123 טייסת)
The Southern Bell Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Belliet Ha'Dromit
Bell 212 Anafa (1978-2002) wfu
123 Squadron
Tayeset (123 טייסת)
The Desert Birds Squadron
Tayeset Tziporey Ha'Midbar
UH-60 Yanshuf (2002-2015) to Palmachim
147 Squadron
Tayeset (147 טייסת)
The Goring Deer Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Ayeel Ha'Nogakh
A-4F/TA-4H Ahit {from 116 Sqn} (1977-1978) Reserve Sqn, stored
147 Squadron
Tayeset (147 טייסת)
The Goring Deer Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Ayeel Ha'Nogakh
A-4N Ahit (1980-1986) Reserve Sqn, stored
192 Squadron
Tayeset (192 טייסת)
The Hawkeye Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Hawkeye
E-2C Daya (1978-1994) sold to Mexico
252 Squadron
Tayeset (252 טייסת)
IAF Flying School - The Advanced Fighter Squadron
Bihiys Latisa - Tayeset Mata'Kadet Krav
A-4H, TA-4J, A-4N Ahit (1972-1985) to 102 Sqn
IAF Flight School
Bist 12
IAF Flying School
Bihiys Latisah
PA-18-150 Tzevayee
Bell-205 {from 124 Sqn}
Bell-212 Anafa {124 Sqn}
Bell-206 Saifan
AH-1E Tsefa {from 160 Sqn}
CM170 Snunit
IAI Tzukit
UH-60 Yanshuf {123 Sqn}
Grob G-120A-2 Snunit
Queen Air B80 Zamir
King Air B200 Zufit
T-6A Texan II (Efroni)
(1968-2002)
(1968-1978)
(1978-2002)
(1971-present)
(1996-2014)
(1968-1986)
(1981-2009)
(2002-present)
(2002-present)
(1974-2003)
(2003-present)
(2009-present)
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upgraded to Tzukit
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Aerobatic Team The Aerobatic Team
Ha'Tzannat Ha'Verobti
CM170 Magister (Snunit)
IAI Tzukit
T-6A Texan II (Efroni)
(1968-1981)
(1981-2009)
(2009-present)
upgraded to Tzukit
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The Mirage 3CJ Shahak, the notorious fighter during the Six Day War (June 1967), served in four squadrons (101, 117, 119 and 253 Sqn). Seen here is Shahak 159 of 101 Sqn with 13 kills.

Jaap Dijkstra

Due to a French arms embargo after the Six Day War (June 1967), the ordered Mirage 5 aircraft was postponed and Israel decided to manufacture their own 'Mirage-like' fighter, the Nesher. The Nesher served in five squadrons (101, 113, 117, 144 and 253 Sqn). In 101 and 117 Sqn the Nesher filled the squadrons due to losses of Mirage aircraft. Shown here is a Nesher of 113 'The Hornet' Squadron, based at Hatzor.

Jonathan Verschuuren

Hatzor (LLHS) Kanaf 4

RWY 05/23, 11L/29R, 11R/29L.     POS 31°45'45"N 034°43'37"E     ELEV 148ft

Kanaf 4
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
100 Squadron
Tayeset (100 טייסת)
The Flying Camel Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kamal Ha'Meofeef
King Air B200 Zufit
Bonanza A36 Hofit
King Air RC-12D Kukiya
(2019-present)
(2019-present)
(2019-present)
101 Squadron
Tayeset (101 טייסת)
The First Fighter Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Krav Ha Rishona
Spitfire Mk.IX
P-51D Mustang
MD.454 Mystere IVA
Mirage 3CJ Shahak
IAI Nesher
IAI Kfir C1
IAI Kfir C2
F-16C/D Barak
(1948-1950)
(1948-1954)
(1956-1961)
(1962-1975)
(1972-1975)
(1975-1976)
(1976-1987)
(1987-2021)
to 105 Sqn
to 105 Sqn
to 116 Sqn
to 117 Sqn
to 113 Sqn
to 113 Sqn
stored, sold
to Ramat David
102 Squadron
Tayeset (102 טייסת)
The Flying Tigers Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Namer Ha'Meofeef
A-4E, TA-4J Ahit (1967-1969) moved to Hatzerim
105 Squadron
Tayeset (105 טייסת)
The Scorpion Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Akrav
Super Mystere B.2 Sambad
F-4E Kurnas
F-16C/D Barak
F-16D Barak
(1958-1974)
(1974-1990)
(1991-2004)
(2004-2021)
to Honduras
stored
F-16C to 101 Sqn
to Ramat David
109 Squadron
Tayeset (109 טייסת)
Mosquito FB Mk.6, PR Mk.16, T Mk.3
AT-6D Harvard
(1952-1956)
(1952-1956)
wfu
to IAF Flight School
110 Squadron
Tayeset (110 טייסת)
Mosquito FB Mk.6, PR Mk.16, T Mk.3 (1953-1956) wfu
113 Squadron
Tayeset (113 טייסת)
The Hornet Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tsira
MD.450B Ouragan
IAI Nesher
IAI Kfir C1
IAI Kfir C2/TC2
(1955-1973)
(1973-1976)
(1976-1977)
(1977-1986)
wfu
to Argentina
to 109 Sqn
sold
115 Squadron
Tayeset (115 טייסת)
The Flying Dragon Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Drakon Ha'Meofeef
Mosquito NF.30, PR.16 (1954-1956) to Tel Nof
144 Squadron
Tayeset (144 טייסת)
The Defenders of the Arava Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Shomry Ha'Arava
IAI Kfir C2/TC2 {from Ovda} (1988-1994) replaced 113 and 254 Sqn
144 Squadron
Tayeset (144 טייסת)
The Phoenix Squadron
Tayeset Aof Hakhol
F-16A/B Netz {donation US} (1994-2005) stored
149 Squadron
Tayeset (149 טייסת)
The Smashing Parrot Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Tooki Ha'Manafetz
IAI Kfir C2 {from Ovda} (1991-1995) stored
201 Squadron
Tayeset (201 טייסת)
The One Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Ahat
F-4E Kurnas (1969-1988) moved to Tel Nof
253 Squadron
Tayeset (253 טייסת)
The Iron Bird Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tzipor Barzel
IAI Nesher {from 113 Sqn} (1980-1982) to Argentina
254 Squadron
Tayeset (254 טייסת)
The Midland Squadron
Tayeset Merkaz Ha'Medina
Mirage 3CJ Shahak {from 117 and 253 Sqn}
IAI Kfir C1 {from 109 Sqn}
(1980-1982)
(1982-1985)
sold
leased to USMC/USN

The Avia S-199 from Czechoslovakia, based on the Messerschmitt Bf109G with a Junkers engine, was the first fighter in IAF service. Twentyfour entered service in May 1948. Due to the inefficiency and because of a high rate of attrition the Avia's were replaced by Spitfires in 1949. The Avia S-199 were based at Herzliya

unknown - IAF Museum

The Gloster Meteor was the first jet to enter IAF service. The IAF operated three versions: F.8 fighter, T.7 trainer and NF.13 for reconnaissance. Seen here is Meteor F.8 from 117 'The First Jet' Squadron, based at Ramat David

Jonathan Verschuuren

Herzlia (LLHZ)

Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
101 Squadron
Tayeset (101 טייסת)
The First Fighter Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Krav Ha Rishona
Avia S.199 Sakeen {Czech AF} (1948-1949) wfu

For Early Warning duties during air combat missions, the IAF acquired four E-2C Daya platforms and served in 192 'The Hawkeye' Squadron from Hatzerim. The E-2C operated from 1978 till 1994.

Jaap Dijkstra

Nevatim (LLNV) Bacha 28

RWY 15/33, 08L/26R, 08C/26C , 08R/26L.     POS 31°12'30"N 035°00'44"E     ELEV 1330ft

Bacha 28
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
103 Squadron
Tayeset (103 טייסת)
The Flying Elephant Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Piel Ha'Meofeef
C-130E/H Karnaf (2008-2013) to 131 Sqn
103 Squadron
Tayeset (103 טייסת)
The Elephants Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Filim
C-130J Shimson (2014-present)
115 Squadron
Tayeset (115 טייסת)
The Flying Dragon Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Drakon Ha'Meofeef
A-4N Ahit (1985-1995) stored
116 Squadron
Tayeset (116 טייסת)
The Flying Wing Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kanaf Ah'Meofeef
A-4N Ahit (1983-2003) stored
116 Squadron
Tayeset (116 טייסת)
The Defenders of the South Squadron
Tayeset Magini Ha'Darom
F-16A/B Netz {from 253 Sqn} (2003-2015) stored, sold
116 Squadron
Tayeset (116 טייסת)
The Lions of the South Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Ariye Ha'Darom
F-35I Adir (2019-present)
117 Squadron
Tayeset (117 טייסת)
The Mighty Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Adir
F-35I Adir (2021-present)
120 Squadron
Tayeset (120 טייסת)
The Desert Giants Squadron
Tayeset Anaki Ha'Midbar
B707-100 Re'em
B707-300 Re'em
(2008-present)
(2008-present)
122 Squadron
Tayeset (122 טייסת)
The Nachshon Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nachson
G550 Nachson Eitam (SIGINT)
G-V Nachson Shavit (AEW)
G550 Nachson Oron (SIGINT)
(2008-present)
(2008-present)
(2021-present)
131 Squadron
Tayeset (131 טייסת)
The Knights of the Yellow Bird Squadron
Tayeset Abiri Ha'Tzipor Ha'Tzhahov
C-130E Karnaf
C-130H Karnaf {from 103 Sqn)
C-130HI Karnaf
(2008-2014)
(2014-2019)
(2019-present)
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upgraded to C-130HI
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
The Golden Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Zahav
F-16A/B Netz {from Ramon} (2003-2013) stored
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
The Golden Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Zahav
F-35I Adir (2016-present)

The IAI Kfir, the indigenous Israeli fighter, based on the airframe of the Mirage 5, but powered with the Phantom engine. The Kfir was mainly used as attack platform. Shown here is the most upgraded Kfir C7 with 144 Sqn markings. The Kfir served the IAF in six squadrons.

Piet Luijken

Ovda (LLOV) Bacha 10

RWY 02L/20R, 02R/20L     POS 29°56'25"N 034°56'09"E     ELEV 1492ft

Bacha 10
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
115 Squadron
Tayeset (115 טייסת)
The Flying Dragon Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Drakon Ha'Meofeef
F-16A/B Netz {ex 140 Sqn}
AH-1E Tzefa {ex 160 Sqn)
F-16C Barak {110/117 Sqn}
(2005-2017)
(2005-2014)
(2017-present)
stored
wfu, for sale
Pilot Training
144 Squadron
Tayeset (144 טייסת)
The Defenders of the Arava Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Shomry Ha'Arava
IAI Kfir C2
IAI Kfir C7
(1982-1983)
(1983-1988)
wfu, sold
moved to Hatzor
149 Squadron
Tayeset (149 טייסת)
The Smashing Parrot Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Tooki Ha'Manafetz
IAI Kfir C2/TC-2 (1982-1991) Moved to Hatzor
Ovda AB was constructed by the US engineers. The base was activated in 1982 due to the peace treaty with Egypt in 1979. Israel returned all airbases in the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. Ovda AB was a replacement for Etzion AB

The IAF flew two squadrons (160 and 161 Sqn) with AH-1E/H Tsefa gunships from 1978 till 2014 from Palmachim. The last years the AH-1 was being used for training IAF helicopter pilots at Ovda in 115 Sqn and Hatzerim. Yet, the AH-1 Tsefa has been retired from service.

Stephan de Bruijn

The Bell-206 Saifan served from 1971 till 2003 the IAF in 125 'The Light Helicopter' Squadron from Sde Dov. After the disbandment of this unit, the Saifans are being used for training helicopter pilots at Hazterim.

Stephan de Bruijn

Palmachim (--) Bacha 30

RWY 03/21, 13/31     POS 31°53'52"N 034°41'27"E     ELEV 98ft

Bacha 28
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
123 Squadron
Tayeset (123 טייסת)
The Desert Birds Squadron
Tayeset Tziporey Ha'Midbar
UH-60 Yanshuf (2015-present)
124 Squadron
Tayeset (124 טייסת)
The Rolling Sword Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kheref Ha'Mithafeketh
Bell 212 Anafa
UH-60L Yanshuf
(1981-1993)
(1994-present)
160 Squadron
Tayeset (160 טייסת)
The First Cobra Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kofroot Ha'Rishona
AH-1G/S Tsefa (1978-1980) Sqn renamed
160 Squadron
Tayeset (160 טייסת)
The Northern Cobra Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kofroot Ha'Aponit
AH-1G/S Tsefa (1980-2013) to 115 Sqn and the IAF Flight School
161 Squadron
Tayeset (161 טייסת)
The Southern Cobra Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kofroot Ha'Dromit
AH-1S Tsefa (1985-2005) to Jordan
161 Squadron
Tayeset (161 טייסת)
The Black Snake Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nakhash Ha'Shakhor
Hermes 450 Zik (1999-present)
166 Squadron
Tayeset (166 טייסת)
The First Zik Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Zik Ha'Rishona
Hermes 450 Zik
Hermes 900 Kochav
(1999-2021)
(2013-2021)
merged with 161 Sqn
166 Squadron
Tayeset (166 טייסת)
The Firebird Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tzipor Ha'Esh
Hermes 900 Kochav (2021-present)
190 Squadron
Tayeset (190 טייסת)
The Defender Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Defender
MD500MD Lahatoot (1980-1982) to Ramat David
193 Squadron
Tayeset (193 טייסת)
The Shield of the West Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Masokiet Ha'Amit
HH-65 Dolfin {from 124 Sqn} (1987-1990) to Ramat David
193 Squadron
Tayeset (193 טייסת)
The Defenders of the West Squadron
Tayeset Magini Ha'Arav
AS.565MA Atalef (2021-present)
200 Squadron
Tayeset (200 טייסת)
The First UAV Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Matzaliytim Ha'Rishona
Firebee 1471 Mabat
MQM-74A Chukar III (Shdameet)
Firebee 1 Shadmit
IAI Scout Zahavan
IAI Searcher Meyromit
IAI Searcher 2 Meyromit
IAI Heron 1 Shoval
(1971-'80s)
(1971-'80s)
(1975-'90s)
(1979-2004)
(1992-2005)
(1998-2005)
(2005-present)
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During the French period (1955 till 1967) the IAF acquired 60 Mystere IVA fighters to equip three squadrons (101, 109 and 116 Sqn). Seen here is a Mystere IVA from 109 'The Valley' Squadron, based at Ramat David.

Oren Rozen

For the longrange missions, the IAF equipped two squadrons (110 and 119 Sqn) with Vautour bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Seen here is a Vautour of 110 Sqn, based at Ramat David

Oren Rozen

Ramat David (LLRD) Kanaf 1

RWY 09/27, 15/33, 11/29     POS 32°39'38"N 035°10'05"E     ELEV 185ft

Kanaf 1
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
69 Squadron
Tayeset (69 טייסת)
The Hammers Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Patishim
B-17G Flying Fortress (Patash)
B-17G Flying Fortress (Patash)
PBY-5A Catalina
(1948-1954)
(Nov 1956)
(1953-1957)
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used during the Sinai Campaign
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69 Squadron
Tayeset (69 טייסת)
The Hammers Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Patishim
F-4E Kurnas
(1969-1984) stored
101 Squadron
Tayeset (101 טייסת)
The First Fighter Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Krav Ha Rishona
F-16C Barak (2021-present)
103 Squadron
Tayeset (103 טייסת)
The Flying Elephant Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Piel Ha'Meofeef
DC-3/C-47 Dakota
DC-5
Beaufighter
Mosquito
Hudson
Lockheed Loadstar
(1948-1949)
(1948-1949)
(1948-1949)
(1948-1949)
(1948-1949)
(1948-1949)
to Tel Nof
to Tel Nof
To Tel Nof
to Tel Nof
to Tel Nof
to Tel Nof
105 Squadron
Tayeset (105 טייסת)
The Scorpion Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Akrav
Spitfire Mk.IX {from 101 Sqn}
P-51D Mustang {from 101 Sqn}
(1950-1955)
(1955-1956)
OCU, wfu
OCU, sold
105 Squadron
Tayeset (105 טייסת)
The Scorpion Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Akrav
F-16C/D Barak (2021-present)
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Third Spitfire Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Spitfire Ha'Shlisnit
Spitfire LF Mk.9E
(1953-1954)
wfu
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Orange Tail Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Zanav Katom
P-51D Mustang {from 105 Sqn}
Spitfire LF Mk.9
(1954-1956)
(1956-1956)
stored
sold to Burma
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Orange Tail Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Zanav Katom
Meteor F.8, FR.9, T.7 {from 117 Sqn} (1962-1964) stored
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Tiger Head Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Rosh Ha'Ariye
MD.450 Ouragan (1965-1967) to 113 Sqn
109 Squadron
Tayeset (109 טייסת)
The Valley Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Amek
MD.454 Mystere IVA (1956-1967) sold
109 Squadron
Tayeset (109 טייסת)
The Valley Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Amek
A-4/TA-4H Ahit
A-4N Ahit
IAI Kfir C1 {from 113 Sqn}
IAI Kfir C2
F-16D Barak {partly from 101 Sqn}
(1967-1976)
(1973-1976)
(1977-1982)
(1982-1985)
(1991-present)
to 110 Sqn
supplemented 109 Sqn
sold
stored
110 Squadron
Tayeset (110 טייסת)
The Knights of the North Squadron
Tayeset Abiri Ha'Tzafon
SO-4050 Vautour II
SO-4050 Vautour IIN {from 119 Sqn}
Meteor T.7 {from 107 Sqn}
(1957-1972)
(1963-1972)
(1964-1970)
stored
stored
stored
110 Squadron
Tayeset (110 טייסת)
The Knights of the North Squadron
Tayeset Abiri Ha'Tzafon
A-4E/F/N Ahit (1971-1980) stored
110 Squadron
Tayeset (110 טייסת)
The Knights of the North Squadron
Tayeset Abiri Ha'Tzafon
F-16A/B Netz
F-16C/D Barak
(1980-1986)
(1987-2017)
to 140 Sqn
to 116 Sqn
117 Squadron
Tayeset (117 טייסת)
The First Jet Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Silon Ha'Rishona
Meteor F.8, FR.9, T.7
Mirage 3CJ Shahak
IAI Nesher
(1953-1962)
(1963-1979)
(1971-1979)
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to 253 and 254 Sqn
sold
117 Squadron
Tayeset (117 טייסת)
The First Jet Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Silon Ha'Rishona
F-16A/B Netz
F-16C/D Barak
(1980-1986)
(1987-2020)
to 140 Sqn
to 101 Sqn
119 Squadron
Tayeset (119 טייסת)
The Bat Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Atalef
Meteor NF.13 (1956-1958) moved to Tel Nof
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
The Golden Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Zahav
A-4H/TA-4J Ahit (Oct. 1973) det. during Yom Kippur War
190 Squadron
Tayeset (190 טייסת)
The Defender Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Defender
MD500MD Lahatoot (1982-1984)
(1990-1996)
missions in Lebanon
missions in Lebanon, later to Ramon
193 Squadron
Tayeset (193 טייסת)
The Shield of the West Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Masokiet Ha'Amit
HH-65 Dolfin (1995-1996) wfu
193 Squadron
Tayeset (193 טייסת)
The Defenders of the West Squadron
Tayeset Magini Ha'Arav
AS.565MA Atalef (1996-2021) to Palmachim
199 Squadron
Tayeset (199 טייסת)
MD.454 Mystere IVA (nov 1956) det. Armée de l'Aire during Sinai Campaign
200 Squadron
Tayeset (200 טייסת)
MD.454 Mystere IV A (Nov. 1956) det. Armée de l'Aire during Sinai Campaign

During the French period, the IAF acquired 75 Ouragans in two batches and they were operated in two squadrons (107 and 113 Sqn). The Ouragan was an excellent close support fighter during the wars. Seen here is an Ouragan from 107 'The Lion Head' Squadron, based at Ramat David.

Oren Rozen

The Bell-205 Iroqouis entered IAF service in 1972 and replaced the S.58 in 123 'The Southern Bell' Squadron and in 124 'The Rolling Sword' Squadron. The Bell-205 was very usefull during casualty evacuation operations during the wars. In 1978 the Bell-205s were replaced by the two enginge Bell-212 Anafa.

Fred Willemsen

Ramon (LLRM) Kanaf 25

RWY 07L/25R, 07R/25L     POS 30°46'34"N 034°40'00"E     ELEV 2126ft

Kanaf 25
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
113 Squadron
Tayeset (113 טייסת)
The Hornet Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tsira
AH-64A Peten
AH-64D Longbow Saraf
(1990-2005)
(2005-present)
to 190 Sqn
119 Squadron
Tayeset (119 טייסת)
The Bat Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Atalef
F-16I Sufa (2004-present)
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
The Golden Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Zahav
A-4N Ahit {from Etzion} (1982-1985) to 116 Sqn
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
The Golden Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Zahav
F-16A/B Netz {from 110/117 Sqn} (1986-2003) Moved to Nevatim
190 Squadron
Tayeset (190 טייסת)
The Magic Touch Squadron
Tayeset Magah Ha'Kasem
MD500MD Lahadoot
AH-64A Peten {from 113 Sqn}
(1984-1990)
(1995-present)
wfu
201 Squadron
Tayeset (201 טייסת)
The One Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Ahat
F-16I Sufa (2008-present)
After the Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt, all Israeli forces in the Sinai should return to Israel again. Therefore a new airbase - Ramon AB - was constructed by US engineers. Ramon AB was the replacement of Eitam AB and became operational in 1982.

For liaison en VIP transport duties, the IAF purchased the Beech Queen Air (Zamir). The Zamirs operated in the 135 'The Light Transport' Squadron from Sde Dov till 2003. Also the IAF Flight School used the Zamir as transport pilot trainer. Seen here in 1977 a Zamir at Mt. Sinai airport.

Jaap Dijkstra

Sde Dov / Tel Aviv-Dov Hoz AP (LLSD)

RWY 03/21     POS 32°06'45"N 034°46'53"E     ELEV 43ft

Kanaf 15
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
100 Squadron
Tayeset (100 טייסת)
The Flying Camel Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kamal Ha'Meofeef
Fokker S.11
Hiller 360
SE313B Alouette II
Sikorsky S.55
PA-18-150 Chevayee
Cessna 180
Dornier Do-27 Dror
P-149 Piaggio
Cessna U-206 Choheet
BN-2A Islander (Ankor)
Dornier Do-28B-1 Agur
King Air B200 Zufit
Bonanza A36 Hofit
(1953-1954)
(1956-1958)
(1956-1958)
(1956-1958)
(1959-1965)
(1960-1978)
(1964-1985)
(1968-1970)
(1968-1974)
(1973-1974)
(1971-2005)
(1984-2019)
(2004-2019)
to IAF School
to 124 Sqn
to 124 Sqn
to 124 Sqn
to IAF School
wfu
wfu
wfu
to 135 Sqn
to 135 Sqn
wfu
to Hatzor
to Hatzor
125 Squadron
Tayeset (125 טייסת)
The Light Helicopter Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Masokiet Ha'Kalah
SE316B Alouette II {123 Sqn}
Bell 212 Anafa
Bell 206 Jet Ranger (Saifan)
Bell 206L Long Ranger (Saifan)
(1967-1983)
(1978-2003)
(1971-2003)
(1984-2003)
wfu
wfu
wfu
To IAF Flight School
135 Squadron
Tayeset (135 טייסת)
The Light Transport Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tovalah Ha'Kalah
Cessna U-206 Choheet {100 Sqn}
BN-2A Islander (Ankor) {100 Sqn}
Queen Air B80 Zamir
King Air B200 Zufit
TB20 Trinidad (Pashos)
Bonanza A36 Hofit
King Air RC-12D Kukiya
(1974-1997)
(1974-1977)
(1974-2003)
(1985-2018)
(1995-2005)
(2004-2018)
(2004-2018)
wfu
wfu
IAF Flt School
renamed
wfu, sold
to 100 Sqn
renamed
135 Squadron
Tayeset (135 טייסת)
The Air Kings Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Malkhey Ha'Avir
King Air B200 Zufit
King Air RC-12D Kukiya
(2018-2019)
(2018-2019)
to Hatzor (100 Sqn)
to Hatzor (100 Sqn)
249 Squadron
Tayeset (249 טייסת)
The Firebird Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tzipor Ha'Esh
AT-802F Air Tractor (2011-2017) to Police Unit

The First supersonic fighter in IAF service, the Super Mystere B2. The Super Mystere started as air superior fighter in 1959, but after the arrival of the Mirage 3, the Super Mystere was assigned to ground attack duties. Twentyfour Super Mysteres served the IAF in 105 'The Scorpion' Squadron from Hatzor. In 1975 the Super Mysteres were replaced by the F-4E Kurnas.

Jonathan Verschuuren

Sharm El Sheikh (HESH)

RWY 04L/22R, 04R/22L     POS 27°58'43"N 034°23'36"E     ELEV 143 ft

Bacha 29
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Orange Tail Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Zanav Katom
F-4E Kurnas (1971-1979) returned to Hatzerim
144 Squadron
Tayeset (144 טייסת)
The Defenders of the Arava Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Shomry Ha'Arava
IAI Nesher (1972-1978) to Argentina
201 Squadron
Tayeset (201 טייסת)
The One Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Akhat
F-4E Kurnas (1969-1979) returned to Hatzor
Ras Nasrani airbase (nearby Sharm el Sheikh) was takenover by Israel during the Six Day War in June 1967. The base was renamed in Ofir. From 1968 till the handover in to Egypt in 1979, Israel used this airbase as a Forward Operrating Base. Several units were detached here for QRA missions. Nowadays this base is knows as Sharm El Sheikh international Airport.

The Sikorsky S-58 entered IAF service in 1958 and were flown in two squadrons (123 and 124 Sqn). The S-58s were mainly used for commando raids behind enemy lines, battlefield supply and casualty evacuation. The S-58 were gradually replaced by the Bell-205 in the 1970s.

Fred Willemsen

Taba/Intl (HETB)
Bacha 10
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
The Golden Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Zahav
A-4H/TA-4E Ahit
A-4N Ahit
(1973-1976)
(1976-1982)
wfu
Moved to Ramon
144 Squadron
Tayeset (144 טייסת)
The Defenders of the Arava Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Shomry Ha'Arava
IAI Nesher
IAI Kfir C2/TC2
(1972-1978)
(1978-1982)
to Argentina
Moved to Ovda
149 Squadron
Tayeset (149 טייסת)
The Smashing Parrot Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Tooki Ha'Manafetz
A-4E/TA-4J Ahit (1976-1980) wfu
149 Squadron
Tayeset (149 טייסת)
The Smashing Parrot Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Tooki Ha'Manafetz
IAI Kfir C2/TC2 (1980-1982) Moved to Ovda
Etzion AB was constructed by Israeli engineers in 1972 as a need for the expansion of the IAF. After the Peace Treaty with Egypt in 1979, Israel evacuated this base in 1979 and the units were flown to Israeli airbases.

For longrange transport missions the IAF purchased the C-97 Stratofreighter in 1968. These transport aircraft served together with the tanker version (KC-97) with 120 'The International' Squadron from Lod.

Fred Willemsen

In the early days, the IAF operated two PBY-5 Catalina's in 69 Squadron for maritime patrol duties. The Catalina was withdrawn from service in the late 1950s

Yuval

Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion IAP/Lod (LLBG)

RWY 03/21, 08/26, 12/30     POS 32°00'41"N 034°53'12"E     ELEV 135

Bacha 27
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
103 Squadron
Tayeset (103 טייסת)
The Flying Elephant Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Piel Ha'Meofeef
N2501 Noratlas
C-130E/H Karnaf
(1974-1978)
(1976-2008)
wfu
to Nevatim
107 Squadron
Tayeset (107 טייסת)
The Tiger Head Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Rosh Ha'Ariye
MD.450 Ouragan (June 1967) det. during the Six Day War
120 Squadron
Tayeset (120 טייסת)
The International Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Binliomit
DC-3 Dakota (Pe're) {103 Sqn}
RC-47 Barvaz {103 Sqn}
B377 Stratocruiser
C-97 Stratofreighter (Anak)
KC-97 Stratofreighter (Anak)
C-130E Hercules (Karnaf)
B707-100 Re'em
B707-300 Re'em
IAI 1124N Sea Scan (Shachaf)
(1963-1971)
(1963-1971)
(1963-1978)
(1968-1978)
(1968-1978)
(1971-1973)
(1973-2008)
(1973-2008)
(1978-2016)
to 122 Sqn
to 122 Sqn
wfu
wfu
wfu
to 131 Sqn
to Nevatim
to Nevatim
wfu
122 Squadron
Tayeset (122 טייסת)
The Dakota Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Dakota
DC-3 Pe're {from 120 Sqn}
RC-47 Barvaz {from 120 Sqn}
OV-1D Atalef
IAI-201 Arava
(1971-2000)
(1971-2000)
(1974-1982)
(1983-2004)
stored
stored
to US
stored, sold
120 Squadron
Tayeset (120 טייסת)
The Nachson Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nachson
G550 Nachson Eitam (SEMA)
GV Nachson Shavit (CAEW)
(2005-2008)
(2005-2008)
to Nevatim
to Nevatim
131 Squadron
Tayeset (131 טייסת)
The Yellow Bird Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Tzipor Ha'Tzahov
C-130E Karnaf {from 120 Sqn} (1973-2008) moved to Nevatim
201 Squadron
Tayeset (201 טייסת)
F-84F Thunderjet (Nov. 1956) det. Armée de l'Aire during Sinai Campaign

The N2501 Noratlas served the IAF from 1956 till 1978 in 103 'The Flying Elephant' Squadron from Tel Nof and Lod. Used as troop carrier the Noratlas flew many missions during the wars. The N2501 was replaced by the C-130E Karnaf.

Oren Rozen

The SA321K Tsir'a was flown from 1966 till 1994 by 114 'The Super Frelon' Squadron from Tel Nof. This large helicopter was mainly used for tranporting elite units behind enemy lines during the different wars.

Brewbooks

Tel Nof (LLEK)

RWY 18/36, 15L/33R, 15R/33L     POS 31°50'22"N 034°49'18"E     ELEV 193

Bacha 8
Squadron Name Aircraft Type(s) Period Remark Badge/Tail
100 Squadron
Tayeset (100 טייסת)
The First Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Rishona
PA-18-150 Chevayee (1949-1951) to Ramleh
103 Squadron
Tayeset (103 טייסת)
The Flying Elephant Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Piel Ha'Meofeef
DC-3/C-47 Dakota
RC-47 Barvaz
Mosquito
Hudson
N2501 Noratlas
(1949-1971)
(1956-1963)
(1949-1952)
(1949-1950)
(1956-1974)
to 120 Sqn
converted C-47
wfu
wfu
to Lod
106 Squadron
Tayeset (106 טייסת)
Curtis C-46 Commando
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
(1948-1949)
(1948-1949)
to Arkia Airlines
to El Al
106 Squadron
Tayeset (106 טייסת)
The Point of the Spear Squadron
Tayeset Khod Ha'Khaboth
F-15B/C/D Baz (1982-present)
109 Squadron
Tayeset (109 טייסת)
Mosquito FB Mk.6, PR Mk.16, T Mk.3 (1951-1952) moved to Hatzor
109 Squadron
Tayeset (109 טייסת)
MD.454 Mystere IVA (June 1967) detached during Six Day War
114 Squadron
Tayeset (114 טייסת)
The Super Frelon Squadron/Tayeset Ha'Super Frelon SA321K Super Frelon (Tsira) (1966-1991) wfu
114 Squadron
Tayeset (114 טייסת)
The Night Leaders Squadron
Tayeset Mofiyli Ha'Laylah
CH-53C Yassur
CH-53C Yassur 2000
(1969-2004)
(2004-present)
upgraded to Yassur 2000
115 Squadron
Tayeset (115 טייסת)
Mosquito NF.30, PR.16
Meteor T.7
(1956-1960)
(1956-1960)
wfu
to 110 and 117 Sqn
115 Squadron
Tayeset (115 טייסת)
The Flying Dragon Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Drakon Ha'Meofeef
A-4H, TA-4H Ahit
A-4N Ahit
(1969-1976)
(1976-1984)
wfu
to Nevatim
116 Squadron
Tayeset (116 טייסת)
The Flying Wing Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kanaf Ha'Meofeef
P-51D Mustang {from 107 Sqn}
AT-6 Harvard {from 140 Sqn}
MD.454 Mystere IVA {101 Sqn}
MD.454 Mystere IVA {109 Sqn}
A-4E, TA-4E/J Ahit
A-4N Ahit
(1956-1961)
(1959-1961)
(1961-1971)
(1968-1971)
(1971-1973)
(1973-1983)
wfu
wfu
stored
stored
stored
to Nevatim
117 Squadron
Tayeset (117 טייסת)
The First Jet Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Silon Ha'Rishona
Meteor F.8, FR.9, T.7 (nov 1956) det. during Sinai Campaign
118 Squadron
Tayeset (118 טייסת)
The First Yassur Sqn
Tayeset Ha'Yassurit Ha'Rishona
CH-53C Yassur (1970-2004) upgraded to Yassur 2000
118 Squadron
Tayeset (118 טייסת)
The Nocturnal Birds of Prey Squadron
Tayeset Dorsey Ha'Laylah
CH-53C Yassur 2000 (2004-present)
119 Squadron
Tayeset (119 טייסת)
The Bat Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Atalef
Meteor NF.13
SO-4050 Vautour IIN
Mirage 3CJ Shahak
F-4E Kurnas
F-4E Kurnas 2000
(1958-1963)
(1958-1963)
(1964-1970)
(1970-1989)
(1989-2003)
stored
to 110 Sqn
to 101 and 117 Sqn
upgraded to Kurnas 2000
stored
123 Squadron
Tayeset (123 טייסת)
The Southern Bell Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Belliet Ha'Dromit
Bell 47G-2
S.58 {from 124 Sqn}
SE316B Alouette II (Zarzir)
(1965-1968)
(1965-1969)
(1965-1967)
wfu
wfu
wfu
124 Squadron
Tayeset (124 טייסת)
The Rolling Sword Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Kheref Ha'Mithafeketh
Hiller 360 {from 100 Sqn}
SE316B Alouette II {100 Sqn}
Sikorsky S.55 {from 100 Sqn}
Sikorsky S.58 Choctaw
Sikorsky H-34 Tarnegol
Bell 205 Iroqouis
HH-65 Dolfin {Navy}
Bell 212 Anafa
(1958-1959)
(1958-1965)
(1958-1963)
(1958-1963)
(1962-1969)
(1968-1975)
(1985-1986)
(1975-1981)
wfu
wfu
wfu
wfu
wfu
wfu, sold
wfu
to Palmachim
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
AT-4D Harvard {from Kfar Sirkin}
CM170 Snunit {IAF Flight School)
(Nov 1956)
(June 1967)
Res. Sqn during Sinai Campaign
Res. Sqn during Six Day War
140 Squadron
Tayeset (140 טייסת)
The Golden Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Zahav
A-4H/TA-4J Ahit (Oct. 1973) Det. during Yom Kippur War
201 Squadron
Tayeset (201 טייסת)
The One Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Ahat
F-4E Kurnas
F-4E Kurnas 2000
(1988-1989)
(1989-2004)
upgraded to Kurnas 2000
wfu
203 Squadron
Tayeset (203 טייסת)
N2501 Noratlas, C-47 Dakota (Nov. 1956) det. Armée de l'Aire during Sinai Campaign
210 Squadron
Tayeset (210 טייסת)
The Third Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Matzaliytim Ha'Shlishnit
Heron TP Eitan (2010-2017) renamed
210 Squadron
Tayeset (210 טייסת)
The White Eagle Squadron
Tayeset Ha'Nesher Ha'Layhan
Heron TP Eitan (2017-present)
IAF Flight School
Bist 12
IAF Flying School
Bihiys Latisah
PT-17 Stearman
PA-18-150 Tzevayee
Airspeed Oxford/Consul
Avro Anson
AT-6D Harvard
CM170 Magister (Snunit)
Bell-47G
(1955-1956)
(1956-1968)
(1955-1956)
(1955-1956)
(1955-1962)
(1962-1968)
(1965-1968)
wfu
to Hatzerim
wfu
wfu
wfu
to Hatzerim
to Hatzerim

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