posted on Dec, 11 2004 @ 05:24 AM
Iran is playing a very dangerous game!
Records and Highlights of the Israeli Air Force that have astonished the world:
---November 30, 1947 until July 20, 1949- The War Of Independence: Although the Israeli Air Force was only born during the war, 18 enemy planes were
shot down in dogfights. A single Israeli plane may have been shot down in a dogfight over the Galilee, but the exact circumstances of its demise were
never established in certainty.
---1956- The Sinai Campaign: Seven enemy planes were shot down in the course of the Sinai Campaign, without a single Israeli plane being shot down.
---June 5, 1967- The Six Day War: Operation "Moked"- The destruction of the entire Egyptian air-force within 3 hours. By the end of the day the
Syrian and Jordanian air forces were wiped out as well and the Iraqi air force was badly damaged.
The IAF achieved a total air-superiority for the rest of the war, that ended with an amazing victory for Israel. The IAF shoot-down total at the end
of the war was a claimed record of 469 enemy aircraft downed versus of its own 24 downed.
---March, 1969 until August, 1970- The War of Attrition: 111 enemy warplanes were shot-down in dogfights by IAF pilots while only 4 IAF warplanes were
shot down in dogfigths by enemy pilots.
Also during the Cold-War, the Soviet Union held close relationships with the Arab nations; On July 30, 1970 the tension peaked: A large scale air
brawl between IAF planes and MiGs flown by Soviet pilots occurred- 5 MiGs flown by Soviet pilots were shot down, while the IAF suffered no losses.
---October, 1973- The Yom Kippur war: Despite the surprise attack launched by Israel's enemies- Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon in the most holy day
for the Judaism- Yom Kippur, and despite the unprepareness for the new SAM air-defences, IAF shot-down 277 enemy warplanes, loosing only 5 warplanes
of its own in dogfights and played a major role in Israel's victory.
---June 7, 1981: The first and only attack in history of a nuclear reactor: The destruction of the Iraqi Osiraq nuclear reactor; 8 IAF F-16 fighters
flew to Iraq and bombed the nuclear facilties of Osiraq. Among the pilots that took part in the attack was the late Ilan Ramon, Israel's first
---Obtaining the first shoot-downs for the American fighter jets, the F-15 and the F-16.
---June 8, 1982: The Lebanon war ("Peace for the Galilee"): The destruction of the entire Soviet-Syrian air-defence system in Lebanon within few
hours without a single warplane lost; Syria with the U.S.S.R built up an overlapping network of SAMs, and the density of SAM site locations was
unmatched anywhere in the world including the U.S.S.R. itself.
Also IAF achieved a total of 88 Syrian planes shoot-downs, 80 of them in dogfights, without a single IAF warplane lost in dogfights.
---126 enemy planes were shot down in dogfights in the years between the wars - most of them in the 70`s. The IAF lost only 2 planes in dogfights
between the wars, in 1959 and in 1964.
---1985: The bombing of PLO Headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia, the longest combat mission ever undertaken by the IAF.
---The only documented emergency landing of an F-15 with only one wing.
---In the United States Air Force and the air forces of several European countries, an ace is a pilot who has shot down 5 or more enemy planes. The
Israeli Air force boasts 39 pilots who shot down 5 or more planes, and 10 of these have shot down more than 8 planes.
---But one of these pilots, Col. (Res.) Giora Even (Epstein), stands out as the unquestioned Ace of Aces, having shot down a record 17 (seventeen!)
planes in the course of his amazing career. Epstein has held his record for 25 years, and needless to say - is a true IAF icon, and an object of
veneration for generations of IAF pilots. And the record is not confined to the IAF: according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world record
holder for jet air victories is an American pilot who shot down 16 planes. Apparently, someone had better tell the Guinness guys about Giora Epstein.
---687 enemy warplanes were shot down in dogfights by IAF warplanes since the independence day of Israel- May of 1948, while only 23 IAF warplanes
were shot down in dogfights by enemy warplanes since 1948.
---IAF is holding the world record for the air force with the highest number of enemy's warplanes shoot-downs, air combats, special operations, and
air to ground operations, since the end of World-War II.
Sources: IDF/IAF, CIA World's facts book.
Sep. 22, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israeli air force pilots handily beat their German counterparts in "dogfights" in the first ever air force exercise between the two countries, an
Israeli military official said Monday. The Israeli F-15 pilots, aided by special technology that Israel does not share or sell to other countries,
beat the Germans by more than 100 "hits," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. In the past, Israel has beaten American air force
pilots by similar margins, the officials added. Israel purchases U.S. warplanes without battle technology, installing its own locally made systems
into the aircraft. The exercise was conducted over the past two weeks in the skies of Sardinia in Italy.
Iran is going to mess with the WRONG country...