Pope Benedict XVI has landed today, May 11th, for a five-day visit to the holy land
At 11:00 AM, the Pope landed at the Ben-Gurion airport. From there, he was flown and escorted by “Yanshuf” (Blackhawk) helicopters to Mount Scopus, where he officially began his visit to the Holly Land. The Pope was flown in a specially equipped “Yanshuf” helicopter. Additional helicopter flew the entourage escorting the pope. Additional two helicopters, secured the procession. The helicopters are expected to escort the Pope throughout his visit in Israel.
The “Desert Birds” squadron made special arrangements prior to the Pope’s arrival. From an organizational perspective, the squadron had to accommodate the special arrangements required when transporting the Pope. The task was described as “a very complex operation” by Maj. Igal, who is in charge of the mission. “There are four helicopters taking off, flying, and landing simultaneously. We had to make special arrangements to make it possible and safe”.