A French Mystere IVA squadron numbering 18 planes and 43 pilots arrives in Ramat David from Cyprus. The flight to Israel is carried out under a veil of complete secrecy, and even the squadron commanders do not know where they are headed until they are already on the way there. Two French Mystere IVA squadrons, Squadrons 199 and 201, would be operating from Ramat David in the course of the war. The combined French force at Ramat David would be known as the ‘Second Air Regiment’, under the command of Maj. St. Martin.

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