By Shlomo Aloni, Jim Laurier
The sunshine and agile A-4 Skyhawk used to be the 1st glossy American jet to be provided to the Israeli Air strength, marking the purpose the place the U.S. took over from France as Israel's leader army provider. Deliveries all started too overdue for the A-4 to struggle within the Six-Day conflict, however it quickly shaped the spine of the IAF's ground-attack strength. From 1969 to 1970 it flew never-ending sorties opposed to Egyptian forces within the conflict of Attrition. Then, in the course of the Yom Kippur battle, 5 squadrons of A-4s observed wrestle and 50 planes have been misplaced as they battled opposed to the Arab armored onslaught. utilizing formerly unpublished first-hand bills and infrequent images from the IAF documents and pilots' deepest collections, Shlomo Aloni tells the definitive historical past of the IAF's A-4 squadrons, together with the tale of Ezra "BABAN" Dotan who turned an ace with an designated double-kill of MiG17s.
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A-4 Skyhawk by Shlomo Aloni, Jim Laurier