Israeli Air Force Museum

Israeli Air Force Museum

Postby jalfrezi on Thu 24 May 2018, 10:20 am

As part of my Israel trip, we paid a visit to the Israeli Air Force Museum. Located at Hatzerim, on the edge of the airbase, it has a huge number of airframes. This is the main air museum in Israel, and has been since 1977 - although it was only opened to the public in 1991!

Below is a selection of some of the more interesting and colourful airframes on display. C&C welcome!

One of six ex-RAF NF airframes to serve with the IDF/AF.
ImageArmstrong Whitworth Meteor NF13 - 2 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Avia S-199, note the Jumo engine and paddle prop, instead of the Daimler Benz unit fitted to the 109. This apparently made the S-199 even more of a pig to take off/land than the original 109!
ImageAvia S-199 Sakeen - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Originally used in the ELINT role, this aircraft was later used as a testbed for the IAI Lavi radar.
ImageBoeing 720-023B - 5 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

One of 72 Mirage IIICJ airframes delivered to the IDF/AF.
ImageDassault Mirage IIICJ - 6 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Sold to Argentina, and now back in Israel!
ImageDassault Mirage IIICJ - 7 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

This is one of the many Mysteres at the museum, and is probably in the best condition.
ImageDassault Mystere IVA - 6 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Lovely Ouragan!
ImageDassault Ouragan - 5 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The IAI Nesher, based on the Mirage V airframe, it was replaced quite quickly by the more advanced Kfir.
ImageIAI Nesher S - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Basically a Kfir C.1, it was renamed in US service as the F-21 Lion.
ImageIAI F-21A Lion (C.1) - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The Kfir C.1 in Israeli colours.
ImageIAI Kfir C.1 - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The Kfir C.2, note the large canards compared to the C.1.
ImageIAI Kfir C.2 - 2 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Two seat trainer variant of the Kfir.
ImageIAI Kfir TC.2 - 5 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The ill-fated IAI Lavi, Israel's very own TSR2!
ImageIAI Lavi - 2 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Painted to represent a ground attack Magister, it's actually an upgraded Tzukit.
ImageIAI Tzukit - 2 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

An IAI Tzukit in it's trainer colours.
ImageIAI Tzukit - 8 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

An early example of the Skyhawk in IDF/AF colours.
ImageMcDonnell Douglas A-4F Ahit - 2 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

One of the huge number of F-4E Phantom airframes at the museum.
ImageMcDonnell Douglas F-4E Kurnass - 13 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

IAI's attempt to market the upgraded F-4 as the 'Super Phantom'.
ImageMcDonnell Douglas F-4E-2000 Kurnass - 33 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The F-4E(S) or RF-4X, known in service as the Shablool (Snail), this Phantom was fitted with a 168cm focal length camera in the nose! Note the black 'radome' to make it look like a normal fighter variant.
ImageMcDonnell Douglas F-4E(S) Shablool - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The recon F-4E.
ImageMcDonnell Douglas RF-4E Oref - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Although no longer in original colours, this MiG-21 was acquired as part of Operation Diamond.
ImageMikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F-13 - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Pair of Noratlas airframes, which will most likely end up on the scrapheap.
ImageNord 2501D Noratlas - 8 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Photo recon Mustang, the F-6K, and also one of the museum's gate guards.
ImageNorth American F-6K Mustang - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The legendary P-51D.
ImageNorth American P-51D Mustang - 5 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The wacky looking Seabee, this isn't the original Seabee that was in service, but an ex-civvie example.
ImageRepublic RC-3 Seabee - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Three ex French Vautours next - attack, bomber/recon, all weather interceptor variants.
ImageSud Aviation S.O.4050 Vautour IIA - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSud Aviation S.O.4050 Vautour IIBR - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSud Aviation S.O.4050 Vautour IIN - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr


Some of the revetments dotted around the museum, which will give you an idea of just how many A-4 and F-4 airframes are onsite.
ImageRevetment 1 - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageRevetment 3 - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageRevetment 4 - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for looking.

There are many, many more photos on my Flickr page, this is just a small taster! https://flic.kr/s/aHskB5tKr3
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Re: Israeli Air Force Museum

Postby I.Winfield on Thu 24 May 2018, 10:37 am

Looks like you had a great trip there. Seems like they have a great collection of aircraft. Thanks for sharing!

Ian
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Re: Israeli Air Force Museum

Postby MiG_Eater on Thu 24 May 2018, 12:06 pm

What a great post.

Thanks for the extra information on each picture too.

Did you see any other aviation sights in Israel?
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Re: Israeli Air Force Museum

Postby jalfrezi on Thu 24 May 2018, 5:27 pm

Thanks guys! :up:

We did see some other things while we were over in Israel - had a few airport tours, technical colleges, and a couple of IASF airbase open day visits. So far I've only sorted out the photos for the two IASF open days, and this museum, still lots left to do!
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Re: Israeli Air Force Museum

Postby Blackbird on Fri 25 May 2018, 7:12 pm

Great set from a really good museum :clap: Unfortunately the airframes aren't that well looked after.

Thanks for posting.

Andy :smile:
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