An IAF delegation landed in the city of Radom, Poland, to join one of the world’s most impressive aerial expos. Thousands of people came to view aerobatic teams, various aircraft and one Israeli C-130 which caught most of attention
Noa Fenigstein, Poland
During the weekend, tens of Thousands of people have travelled a hundred kilometers south of Warsaw to the city of Radom, to take part in an aerial expo. 20 air forces from all across Europe have presents their best of aircraft and so did the Israeli Air Force which presented the C-130J “Karnaf” heavy transport airplane, together with a team from the elite 669 SAR (Search & Rescue) unit.
Among the participating air forces are the Polish, Italian, Belgian, French and Jordanian Air Forces. The sky and ground were ornamented by a large variety of aircraft, from MiG-21s and MiG-29s to F-16s, transport airplanes and helicopters.
While the aerobatic teams of Italy, Spain and Switzerland cut through the skies of Radom, it was the Israeli C-130 “Karnaf” which caught most of attention. The long queue to the inside of the plane has extended far beyond the borders of the Israeli exhibition, which included a field operating room of unit 669. “Our exhibition focuses on the many humanitarian operations the IAF has led”, said Lt. Col. Amikam, commander of the “Yellow Bird” squadron and commander of the delegation. “The C-130 ‘Karnaf’ has taken part in many aid missions around the globe and the 669 unit is one of the most advanced in the world in the field of SAR. We came here to present Israel as it really is”.
A Deeper Significance
The “Radom Air Show 2015” assembles many aviation enthusiasts from around the world, who come to watch the spectacular air shows, versatile ground exhibitions and cutting edge developments. But the Air Show has a deeper significance for the IAF.
“An Israeli airplane landing on the ground of Poland 70 years after WWII is a very exciting sight for us as people, as for our nation”, said Colonel G, the military attaché to Poland and an IAF pilot. “The strategic relations between Israel and Poland is of utmost importance and are based on the connection of the countries’ armies”.