Israeli Mirage III and Nesher Aces
Israeli delta fighters pilots have been credited with almost 300 kills between 1966 and 1974, and dozens of them became aces. The Israeli aerial kill exchange rate and overall air-to-air performance was phenomenal. Although the Israeli pilots were flying Mach 2 fighters, they lacked any modern radar equipment and their MiG-21 flying opponents should have had a performance edge over them. This book details their most signifcant engagements, many of which were essentially World War 2 style dogfights fought with jet aircraft. Because neither side had the combat edge to disengage at will most engagements were a life and death struggle and the introduction of air-to-air missiles and the Israeli Nesher was to prove decisive in this theatre.
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101 Epstein Giora ACES OF WORLD air combat AIR FORCE air-to-air Amos Amir Amos Shahak Assaf Aven-Nir Avraham Salmon B-17 FLYING FORTRESS Ben-Nun Cannon Cannon Cannon chased credited delta-fighter Dror EAF MiG-21 Cannon EAF Su-7 EAFMiG-17 Cannon Egypt Egyptian MiG-21 Eitan enemy aircraft engagement external fuel tanks F-4 PHANTOM II fighter flew four-ship formation Gidon Giora Epstein Giora Shahak Golan Heights Gonen gunsight Hatzor air base Hunter IDF/AF intercept IrAF Israel Shahak Ithamar jettisoned June Karmi Keidar launched low altitude Marom Menachem MiG-21 Shafrir MiGs Mirage Mirage III missile mission Nesher EAF MiG-21 October opened fire Ramat David Ran Ronen Refidim Reuven Rozen Salmon Abraham Shahak scored Shahak 59 Shahak pilots Shahak SAF MiG-21 Shmul shot Six Day War Snir Sqn Shahaks Sqn's squadron Suez Canal Syrian MiG-21 target Vautours victories wingman Yehuda Koren Yiftach Yom Kippur Yom Kippur War Yoram Yuval Ne'eman