Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby jalfrezi on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 7:29 pm

Spent a week over in Israel earlier this month on an aviation tour. During this time we managed to visit a couple of the airbase open days as part of the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Air Force. Here's a few shots and a little info on the types.

Beechcraft A36 Khofit (Hebrew: Stint) Entered service in 2004, the Bonanza is used in the liaison role, with most of the fleet based at Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv.
ImageBeechcraft A36 Khofit - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Eurocopter AS.565 Atalef (Hebrew: Bat) Five entered service in 96-97, these are used for transport and naval co-op duties.
ImageEurocopter AS.565SA Atalef - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Lockheed Martin C-130J Samson (Hebrew: Bright sun) One of only 6 C-130J's ordered by the Air Force.
ImageLockheed Martin C-130J Samson - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Lavi (Hebrew: Lion) Replaced the TA-4 and F-16B in the advanced trainer role, thirty examples have been procured.
ImageAlenia Aermacchi M-346 Lavi - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

General Dynamics F-16C Barak (Hebrew: Lightning) One of 45 Block 30 F-16's procured as part of the Peace Marble II program during the late 80's, these are primarily used in the fighter bomber role.
ImageGeneral Dynamics F-16C Barak - 8 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

General Dynamics F-16D Brakeet (Hebrew: Thunderbolt) More than a two seat trainer, this is a fully capable strike aircraft, with a weapons system officer occupying the second seat. These are rumoured to be used in the Wild Weasel role, the enlarged spine holds additional avionic equipment. This example was delivered under the Peace Marble II program.
ImageGeneral Dynamics F-16D Brakeet - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Lockheed Martin F-16I Sufa (Hebrew: Storm) Entering service in 2004, the F-16I performs the fighter bomber role with much of the avionics kit not installed until after delivery. 102 examples entered service.
ImageLockheed Martin F-16I Sufa - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

McDonnell Douglas F-15A Baz (Hebrew: Falcon) Built in the 70's, the venerable F-15A is still in service with the IAF, performing the air defence/intercept role.
ImageMcDonnell Douglas F-15A Baz - 2 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Boeing F-15I Ra-am (Hebrew: Thunder) Similar in capability to the USAF Strike Eagle, the F-15I entered service in 1998.
ImageBoeing F-15I Ra'am - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Sikorsky CH-53 Yas'ur 2025 (Hebrew: Petrel) The fleet is mainly made up from ex USMC airframes, this particular example is one of the newly upgraded 2025 variants.
ImageSikorsky CH-53 Yas'ur 2025 - 5 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Sikorsky UH-60L Yanshuf 3 (Hebrew: Owl) This example is from the third batch of 24 Black Hawks ordered in 2002.
ImageSikorsky UH-60L Yanshuf 3 - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

McDonnell Douglas AH-64A Peten (Hebrew: Cobra) One of 42 examples of the A model Apache, these entered service in the early nineties, superseding the AH-1.
ImageMcDonnell Douglas AH-64A Peten - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

This is one of the gate guards - the Sud Aviation Vautour IIA.
ImageSud Aviation S.O.4050 Vautour IIA - 3 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

While on base we were lucky enough to see the take off of an F-16C four ship. The heat haze was a bit of a problem though!
ImageGeneral Dynamics F-16C Barak - 21 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageGeneral Dynamics F-16C Barak - 27 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageGeneral Dynamics F-16C Barak - 26 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageGeneral Dynamics F-16C Barak - 18 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageGeneral Dynamics F-16C Barak - 30 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The rest of the album is here - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjAbrQ4

Thanks for looking!
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby Wissam24 on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 9:40 pm

You've gotta love the camo on those things. A great collection and certainly a good few types to tick off the list. Funnily enough I'm actually most drawn to the Vautour! Were the Baraks the only things that flew?
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby jalfrezi on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 10:12 pm

Wissam24 wrote:You've gotta love the camo on those things. A great collection and certainly a good few types to tick off the list. Funnily enough I'm actually most drawn to the Vautour! Were the Baraks the only things that flew?


It certainly makes a change from the usual grey airframes that we tend to see over here! The Vautour is a very nice example, there were another 3 of them at the Air Force Museum in Hatzerim.

The Baraks were the only thing flying that I managed to photo, the AS.565 flew just as we were leaving, but I didn't get any decent shots. We only stayed for a couple of hours at Ramat David as the plan was to get to Haifa AB for the flypast, though that didn't really go to plan!
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby Georgeconna on Tue 01 May 2018, 7:13 am

Those 16 shots are peach dude. :clap:
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby jalfrezi on Tue 01 May 2018, 10:44 am

Georgeconna wrote:Those 16 shots are peach dude. :clap:


Thanks George, they were one of the highlights of the trip - a Brucey bonus!
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby FTS on Tue 01 May 2018, 11:07 am

Love them mate :up:
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby jalfrezi on Tue 01 May 2018, 1:05 pm

FTS wrote:Love them mate :up:


Cheers Steve! :smile:
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby _H_ on Tue 01 May 2018, 1:31 pm

Very nice!! I'm certainly jealous mate

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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby jalfrezi on Tue 01 May 2018, 2:05 pm

_H_ wrote:Very nice!! I'm certainly jealous mate

Howard


Ta very much Mr B, appreciate it! :wave:
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby Tommy on Tue 01 May 2018, 2:52 pm

Amazing stuff, Nick. A really lovely set of very seldom seen machines. :love:
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby jalfrezi on Tue 01 May 2018, 3:59 pm

Tommy wrote:Amazing stuff, Nick. A really lovely set of very seldom seen machines. :love:


Thanks Tommy, appreciate the comment :up:
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby lynothehammer on Tue 01 May 2018, 5:37 pm

Wow, as said above it's so nice to see aircraft with some colour on them, and those blue skies... :clap:
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Re: Ramat David AB, Israel - Open Day 2018

Postby jalfrezi on Tue 01 May 2018, 7:27 pm

lynothehammer wrote:Wow, as said above it's so nice to see aircraft with some colour on them, and those blue skies... :clap:


Thanks :up: The blue skies certainly made a change from the miserable weather here, though my trip coincided with the hottest week of the year so far in the UK :facepalm:
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