The Israel Air Force is universally recognized to be among the world’s most powerful aerial fighting forces. When put to the test, the IAF has proven itself in snow, rain, dust and darkness. Because not even the most difficult conditions can get in the way of the best pilots in the world.
1. In the dust
An IAF helicopter takes off in the desert.
Reserve Ground Forces commanders carry a wounded soldier to the helicopter.
2. In the rain
A technician hurries to cover an IAF plane during a sudden downpour.
Two pilots quickly removing equipment from a plane as a sudden rain and hail storm hits.
3. Over the sea
Two Cobra (Zefa) choppers flying above the Mediterranean Sea.
Blackhawk in-flight mechanics operate through a rescue exercise at sea.
4. In the snow
The Yanshuf (Blackhawk) flying above Israel’s highest point, Mount Hermon.
Three Baz (F-15) aircraft flying above snowy Turkey during an exercise abroad.
5. In the dark…
Israel Air Force aircraft during a weeklong exercise flying in the dark.
6. …and over Israel’s beautiful, clear skies
Two F-16I Sufa (Storm) aircraft during a pilot training course graduation ceremony.