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

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

An IAF helicopter takes off in the desert.

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

Reserve Ground Forces commanders carry a wounded soldier to the helicopter.

2. In the rain

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

A technician hurries to cover an IAF plane during a sudden downpour.

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

Two pilots quickly removing equipment from a plane as a sudden rain and hail storm hits.

3. Over the sea

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

Two Cobra (Zefa) choppers flying above the Mediterranean Sea.

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

Blackhawk in-flight mechanics operate through a rescue exercise at sea.

4. In the snow

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

The Yanshuf (Blackhawk) flying above Israel’s highest point, Mount Hermon.

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

Three Baz (F-15) aircraft flying above snowy Turkey during an exercise abroad.

5. In the dark…

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

Israel Air Force aircraft during a weeklong exercise flying in the dark.

6. …and over Israel’s beautiful, clear skies

6 Tough Weather Conditions that Have No Chance of Stopping the Israel Air Force

Two F-16I Sufa (Storm) aircraft during a pilot training course graduation ceremony.

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