Today the 165th Course of the Israel Air Force Flight Academy graduated and received their hard-won pilot’s wings. After three long years of training, the cadets turned official pilots and participated in a ceremony held at the Hatzerim Air Force Base.

IDF’s New Pilots Join the Ranks of the Air Force

The 165th course of Israel Air Force Flight Academy graduates

In attendance at the ceremony were Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, and Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, as well as friends and families of the cadets.

While blessing the newly-minted pilots, IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said:

The severe blow inflicted upon our enemies and the damage caused to terror infrastructure are largely due to the efforts of the pilots you’ve met — your mentors and commanders… and now, graduates, the next mission is yours.

IDF (Zahal) Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel added:

Today’s Air Force is a drawn and ready arrow. Once the string is released, the force is ready at any distance or border.

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