How Arab and Israeli fighters clashed in the skies over a key Iraqi airfield during 1967’s Six-Day War

Hunter F73 708/J Royal Jordanian Air Force


Every nation and every war has its heroes. Some attain the status of national legends, while many more remain unknown forever, except within narrow circles. Despite their catastrophic defeat in the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War — better known as the ‘Six-Day War’ — the Arab militaries had their own heroes from that conflict. Over time, one became better-known to the Western public. Part of the reason was that the person in question was not an Arab. Another was that following the 1967 defeat, many Arab heroes were treated with the utmost injustice by their superiors and discharged from service.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below