The “Yom Kippur War” was one of the greatest challenges Israel ever faced. It was also the ultimate test for the IAF. The following photographs encompass some of the scenes and stories of the war

The “Yom Kippur” War erupted on October 6th, 1973 in a surprise attack by The Syrian and Egyptian armies on Israel.

Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews.

The war lasted until October 24th, 1973, the day the cease fire was implemented.

The war broke out as a surprise ripple in the relative sense of security in Israel after the Six Day War in 1967.

Despite Israel’s final military supremacy, the war took a great toll on all participating countries, with tremendous damage and numbers of casualties on all sides.

More than 2200 Israeli soldiers were killed. And the IAF lost more than 100 airplanes & helicopters. 

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A Skyhawk aircraft is armed by its ground crew before another attack mission.

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Ground and aerial cooperation: A Phantom F-4 plane flying over an Israeli tank formation ready for battle in the Sinai desert.

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The bombing of “Damier” Airfield in Syria, October 8th, 1973.  The IAF attacked many airfields in Egypt & Syria during the war.

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The bombing and destruction of an Egyptian bridge in the Phirdan area. The bridges over the Suez Canal were under the “Umbrella” of the Egyptian SAM’S and presented an operational challenge for the IAF.

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A burning “MiG-21”.

A “MiG-21” brake-chute opens after being hit in an aerial battle.

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The bombing of Nassarieh Airfield in Syria.

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An Israeli “Phantom” closes in on an Egyptian “Mig-17”. October 11th, 1973.

 

 

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