Israeli F-4 Phantom II Aces
The American manufactured F-4 Phantom II was used by the Israelis in air-to-ground missions, as an attack aircraft, and air-to-air missions as a fighter. Despite performing both roles with equal success the Israeli reliance on the Mirage III and Nesher delta fighters meant that the F-4 was used most regularly in its air-to-ground role. The kill total of the Israeli F-4 community was, consequently, a modest 116.5; significantly lower than that of other Israeli aircraft types in service between 1969 and 1982. A handful of aces were, nevertheless, created and, using first hand accounts, this unique book tells their stories.
Many F-4 pilots had previously flown the Mirage III but most of the navigators were either inexperienced flying school graduates or had been transferred from transport aircraft. The decision to create such teams may have appeared an odd one and it certainly led to a number of interesting experiences but proved, ultimately, to be so successful that by 2010 the Israeli air force will have more two-seat combat aircraft than single-seat fighters. The F-4 experience was, therefore, crucial to moulding the future of the Israeli air force.
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14 October 1982 Lebanon War ABA mission ACES OF WORLD achieved aerial air base air combat air defences Air Force air-to-air kill Amitay attack Attrition Ben-Ami Peri Ben-Eliyahu bombing credited Damascus delta-fighters EAF Mi-8 cannon Egypt Egyptian air Eitan Peled engagement F-4E Block fighter-bombers flew FLOT flown four-ship formation Giora Epstein Golan Heights Halotz Hatzor helicopters Henkin Holdai IDF/AF interception Israel Israeli June Katz kill markings Kumass Kurnass aircrews Kurnass crews Kurnass force Kurnass kills Lebanon Mansura MiGs Mirage III Mirage III pilots missile Moshe Melnik Omri Afek operational Ophir Peace Echo Phantom PoWs radar Ramat David Ras Sudar reconnaissance Refidim Regev SAF MiG-21 AlM-9D Saikal scored SEAD sector shot Six Day War Sqn aircraft Sqn's Squadron kill Suez Canal Suez Canal bridges Syrian MiG-21 target UN1TS victory Yavin Yiftach Yiftach Spector Yitzhak Yom Kippur Yom Kippur War Yoram Agmon