Bonjour” Tel-Nof” Bonjour” Tel-Nof” Bonjour” Tel-Nof” Bonjour” Tel-Nof” If, in coming years, a sharp increase is noted of French immigrants who graduate from the “Pilot Training Course”, we can give the credit to the recent visit of a group to “Tel-Nof” Airbase this week

Dana Rusou

They might have only immigrated to Israel a few months ago, but there is no doubt that they have been exposed to more sights than many Israelis.

No, these views are not of the Sea of Galilee, or of Masada. They were of the IAF’s “Tel-Nof” Airbase.
The group toured the airbase, where parents and children were allowed a unique experience. They began their day at the “Spearhead” squadron, where a film documenting the IAF’s historical flyover Auschwitz death camp was screened, bringing tears to many of their eyes, listened to lectures about the squadron, the Airbase and the Force.

The children were welcomed to try on pilot helmets. Later, they were all invited to see the real action at the shelter of the F-15 airplanes, listening to First Lieutenant A’ talking about the plane’s abilities.
The children were also allowed to board the combat plane. Moments later, two thrilled girls ran up to their mother to tell her about the five women who are graduating from the most recent “Pilot Training Course”.

Barrette and Helmet

“We are all young families, that being the main reason we immigrated to Israel. We wanted our children to grown up here”, said one of the visitors. “It is also very important for me that they will enlist in the IDF and this visit definitely inspired them. It makes me very happy since my goal is that they will love this country and want to contribute to it”.