By Shlomo Aloni

The sunshine and agile A-4 Skyhawk was once the 1st glossy American jet to be provided to the Israeli Air strength, marking the purpose the place the USA took over from France as Israel's leader army provider. Deliveries all started too past due 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 unending sorties opposed to Egyptian forces within the warfare of Attrition. Then, through the Yom Kippur warfare, 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 utilizing formerly unpublished first-hand money owed and infrequent images from the IAF files and pilots' inner most collections, Shlomo Aloni tells the definitive background of the IAF's A-4 squadrons, together with the tale of Ezra "BABAN" Dotan who turned an ace with an certain double-kill of MiG17s.

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The squadron lost 17 Skyhawks, seven pilots were killed in action and five pilots became prisoners of war. In this image a 102 Squadron four-ship formation prepares for take-off from Hatzerim during the closing stages of the war. The leading pair are Crystal-equipped A-4Hs, tail numbers 11 and 25. The trailing pair are A-4Hs tail numbers 23 and 91; all four are loaded with five Rockeye cluster bomb units each. (via author) installations to wotsen the conditions facing Egyptian troops during the siege.

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Via authorl Northern Knights Squadron's A-4E Skyhawk tail number 862 returns from a mission to its hardened aircraft shelter at Ramat David air base. Skyhawk 862 was a pre-Yom Kippur War A-4E delivery originally flown as Skyhawk 262; the paintwork that transformed 262 into 862 is clearly visible as is IDF/AF-style air-intake warning titles. Yom Kippur War emergency aid A-4E Skyhawks were also assigned prefix '8' tail numbers and were initially distinguished because of US Navy-style air-intake warnings that were taped over during the hasty repainting process.

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