Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ran Peker, IAF fighter pilot and “Ace” who shot down seven enemy aircraft throughout his 27 year-long period of service, has passed away. Upon completing his service, he established the “Zahala” project, which holds educational activities for youth
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ran Peker (Ronen) an IAF fighter pilot and “Ace” passed away yesterday (3/12/2016) at the age of 80. Peker served as the Commander of Tel-Nof AFB during the 1973 “Yom Kippur” war and flew many platforms, from the “Spitfire”, through the “Meteor”, “Oragon”, “Mirage III” and to the F-4 “Phantom”.
During his 27 year-long military service, Peker participated in many of Israel’s wars, from 1956 Operation “Kadesh” and to the “Yom Kippur” War, performed 350 operational sorties and downed seven enemy aircraft. After being discharged from military service, Peker was appointed consul general to the Israeli mission in Los Angeles, entered the business world and established the “Zahala” coaching and promotion project for youth.
“Everything for the youth”
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Peker drafted into IAF Flight Course number 18 and began his service as a “Spitfire” pilot. He later flew an “Oragon”, “Mistere” and “Mirage III”. In 1965 he was appointed Commander of the “Bat” Squadron, which then operated the “Mirage. The appointment was followed by the shoot-down of a Jordanian “Hawker Hunter” in 1966, the first of seven enemy aircraft shoot downs. Peker served thereafter as Commander of the “One” Squadron, Head of the Training Department and Commander of Tel-Nof AFB in the challenging days of the “Yom Kippur” War.
“Everything for the youth”, Peker said in a visit to Ouvda AFB this January. “The IAF invests greatly in youth, the young generation, its education and its contribution to the country”. The “Zahala” project that was initiated by Peker upon his return from the Los Angeles missions is a “wide voluntary coaching project for promoting and preparing youth for better citizenship and social involvement” that today operates more than 70 groups in high schools across Israel.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Peker | Archive Photo