Pilot Course Graduates Receive Insignia

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Pilot Course Graduates Receive Insignia

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Pilot Course Graduates Receive Insignia

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Pilot Course Graduates Receive Insignia

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Pilot Course Graduates Receive Insignia

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

As a prelude to receiving their pilot wings, the graduates of IAF Pilot Course 169 were presented with their officer insignia yesterday. This Thursday, the IAF Pilot Course 169 graduation ceremony will be held on a special anniversary

Noa Fenigstein

The graduates of IAF Pilot Course 169 stood on the graduation stage yesterday for the last time as soldiers performing mandatory military service. After three challenging years in the IAF Pilot Course, they received their officer insignia in the presence of the Hatzerim Airbase Commander, the Commander of the Flight School, their direct commanders, and their excited family members.

“Combat soldiers of IAF Pilot Course 169 – in a moment, your officer insignia will be revealed and at that moment you will join a special group of officers in the IAF and the IDF”, said Commander of the IAF Flight School, Colonel Shaul, to the new officers. “For three years, you met uncompromising demands at a professional level on the ground and in the air, and you made it! From today onwards, you can hold your head up high.”

The End of Three Challenging Years
This Thursday, upon receiving their pilot wings and finishing three challenging years of studies and flight training, the graduates will join generations of aircrews with a long history of operational activity. This year, the IAF Pilot Course graduation ceremony marks 30 years since Operation “Moses” and the southern operations to airlift Ethiopian Jewry to Israel-fascinating, secret operations in which the IAF took part and at the end of which thousands of Ethiopian Jews immigrated to Israel.

“The then-graduates landed there with Hercules planes in complete darkness and in perfect unison with the Mossad and the people were led to the planes. People who had never seen a plane their whole lives were led to the belly of a monster with four engines, and they took off”, said Brigadier General Nir Barkan, Commander of Hatzerim Airbase, to the graduates. “From tomorrow, dear graduates, that will be you. You will be the ones who will take part in the next operations. You will be the ones who will have to display the same creativity and sense of responsibility. You will be the ones in whose hands Israel will put the best means available to fulfill our destiny and guard the security of the citizens of the country”.

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