Saying goodbye to Asaf Ramon Saying goodbye to Asaf Ramon The funeral procession of Captain Asaf Ramon left from Ramat-David base, towards the Nahalal cemetery, where he will be buried next to his father, Colonel Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut

Eden Bar Noi



Ramon is the son of Col. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who died when the Columbia space shuttle he was flying in, disintegrated upon re-entry to earth’s atmosphere.


Capt. Asaf Ramon has left behind a grieving mother and three brothers, one of them currently serving in the air force. Asaf went to “Blich” high-school, the emblem of which his father took to space as part of a series of personal items he brought along with him. Between 1998 and 2004 Asaf lived with the family at the astronaut training facility in the United States, where his father trained for his first space flight.

In June this year, Capt. Ramon, just like his father many years ago, completed his flight-training course in the IAF as the best cadet in his class, as a fighter jet pilot. He then proceeded for advanced flight training courses.

The deadly accident occurred during routine flight training. Three “Nez” jets (F-16 A/B) simulated air battles near Hebron hills, when all communication was lost with Capt. Ramon’s plane.  Rescue and emergency services who arrived to site found the plane remains.