IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby KoenH on Sun 21 Jun 2015, 8:07 pm

In June 2013 I had the pleasure of witnessing the Graduation Ceremony dress-rehearsal of the Israeli Air Force at Hatzerim air base.
During a formal event in front of their families and dignitaries, the graduated pilots received their wings.
To celebrate, the air force staged a small but impressive show with fly-by and airpower demonstration in beautiful, warm evening light.
The fly-by consisted of several S-70 Black Hawks, C-130 with CH-53 and B707 with F-15's. AH-64's and an S-70 performed the air power demo. To top it off, 4 T-6's and a F-15I flew a demonstration.

1) T-6 Texan is waiting for the demo flight
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3) flying in from the back of the crowd
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4) turning right for the crossover
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5) KC-130 and CH-53. The CH-53 is actually connected with the bucket :shock:
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7) KC-707 with 3 F-15A/C's. Also here, the tanker was connected with the receiver
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8 ) After the fly-by, the AH-64's showed up for an air-power demonstration
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9) Why use staged pyrotechnics when you can use your 30mm cannon to destroy a few targets on the ground.... :yahoo:
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10) When the AH-64's were finished securing the area, the S-70 showed its capability of extracting downed pilots by winching them out
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11) S-70 departing the scene after the AH-64's took care of business
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12) Covering their exit, the AH-64's released all of their flares from a stationary position
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13) After the smoke had somewhat cleared, the F-15I thundered down the runway for a sunset demo
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15) beautiful camo
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regards,
Koen
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby Domvickery on Sun 21 Jun 2015, 8:18 pm

Wow :clap:
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby Tobyone1985 on Sun 21 Jun 2015, 8:22 pm

Great shots, the F-15 takeoff is stunning.
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby Niallxg on Sun 21 Jun 2015, 9:10 pm

Brilliant, stunning.

Each shot is bettered by the next.

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby Pringles on Sun 21 Jun 2015, 10:08 pm

Fantastic!! :clap: Love the contrast in the colours in 11 but all of them are brilliant :clap:
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby capercaillie on Sun 21 Jun 2015, 11:47 pm

Great stuff, fabulous pictures, but since when have the Israeli F-15Is been flying with R2D2 behind the cockpit? :clap:
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby st24 on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 9:20 am

capercaillie wrote:Great stuff, fabulous pictures, but since when have the Israeli F-15Is been flying with R2D2 behind the cockpit? :clap:


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With another crew member they can C 3 Potential Objects... to fire at.

Fantastic stuff! The Apache shot for me... :hypno:
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby JonoUK on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 10:21 am

Holy Moly what a set Keon :clap: , Israeli metal is nothing short of stunning in the desert camo has to be no.12 for me :up:
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby Russ on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 10:31 am

Fantastic. Looked ridiculously good. :clap: :cool:

Any ideas what the blister behind the canopy of the F-15I is? Satcom?
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby SPLAT on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 12:40 pm

Great set , especially the Apache dispensing flares :clap: :clap:
Nice to see refuelling shots as well
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby KoenH on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 3:39 pm

The "R2D2" Blister behind the cockpit is the ELK-1891 Satcom. It is in use since 4 or 5 years I think?
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Re: IDF/AF Graduation Ceremony photos (June 2013)

Postby Wissam24 on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 4:19 pm

capercaillie wrote:Great stuff, fabulous pictures, but since when have the Israeli F-15Is been flying with R2D2 behind the cockpit? :clap:


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Fantastic set of photos, looks like an incredible display! I love the Eagle against the smoke and the Apache dispensing flares. Must have been a weird sight seeing the Apache actually firing rounds, I'd have been intimidated to say the least!
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