Pilot Cadets from Around the World Visit a Northern Base

“Every summer, there are cadet-exchange delegations that come from twenty countries that are members of the International Cadet Organization” Pilot Cadets from Around the World Visit a Northern Base

Aviation enthusiasts who visited Israel came from the United States, Germany, Holland, France, and China Pilot Cadets from Around the World Visit a Northern Base

The cadets were really impressed by the northern base and by the aircrafts the IAF operates Pilot Cadets from Around the World Visit a Northern Base

Alongside the aerial team members who currently serve in the squadron, stood Colonel (Res.) Danny Shapiro, who was the first commander of the squadron Each year, a delegation of young aviation enthusiasts and pilot cadets from armies around the world arrive in Israel to see the sites around the country and visit IAF bases. This year, the youth delegation also met the first commander of the “Valley Squadron” in the Ramot David base, who knows the grandfather of one of the visitors from the days of the Mirage

Michal Khayut

Yesterday, the northern base in Ramat David was packed with visitors from all over the world: Young aviation enthusiasts and pilot cadets from armies around the world, who came to gain an impression of the Israeli Air Force. “Every summer, there are cadet-exchange delegations that come from twenty countries that are members of the International Cadet Organization”, explains Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Yonen Bar Shilton, who is responsible for the project in Israel. Aviation enthusiasts who visited Israel came from the United States, Germany, Holland, France, and China, and were very impressed by the aircrafts that the northern base operates. Additionally, the youths visited a cemetery in Hahalal, near the base in Ramat David, where Ilan Ramon and his son Assaf, as well as Moshe Dayan, are buried.

As part of the tour, they visited the “Valley Squadron”. There, they learned about the Israeli F-16d plane and its missions. Alongside the aerial team members who currently serve in the squadron, stood Colonel (Res.) Danny Shapiro, who was the first commander of the squadron. “The grandfather of one of the cadets from France, Vincent, was a close friend”, Colonel (Res.) Shapiro added with a smile. “So, it was important for me to come here today and talk with them. I met his grandfather in France, when I was the pilot of the Mirage project and I examined their arrival in Israel, and he was the chief testing pilot in the company that produced them”.

 

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