Show of force in the Negev

Dr Andreas Zeitler was at Hatzerim Air Base to witness the Israeli Air Force’s impressive graduation ceremony. It was a rare chance to get a glimpse of the air arm in action.
AH-64D Saraf 746 from 113 Squadron ‘Hornet’ unleashes 30mm rounds from its Chain Gun over the range at Hatzerim. The aircraft regularly fly with external fuel tanks for extended endurance.

Twice a year, around three-dozen Israeli Air Force (IAF) officers receive their wings. Of these, roughly half will go on to become fighter pilots or weapons system officers, a third will fly helicopters, while the rest are destined to join the transport fleet in different roles.

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