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Yoav Efrati

C O L O R S & M A R K I N G S
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Above: Only a year following the June 1967 war Israel had to face a new war on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts. This 1000 day war was
to be known as the War of Attrition which lasted from July 20, 1969 to August 8, 1970. French embargo on the delivery of 50 Mirage
V fighter-bombers led the Israeli government to request the sale of F-4 Phantoms from the US. On January 7, 1968 President Lyndon
Johnson approved the sale of 44 F-4E and 6 RF-4C Phantoms to the IAF. The first "Peace Echo I" McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantoms
were accepted into service on September 5, 1969 in a formal ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Golda Meir and Defense
Minister Moshe Dayan.

Above: F-4E no.183 of the Hammer
squadron is credited with downing a Soviet
piloted MiG-21 MF on July 30, 1970. In this
engagment two of the five MiG's downed
were credited to Hammer squadron
Phantoms. This aireal engagment with the
Russians ended the War of Attrition.

Left: F-4E no.35 of the Hammer squadron
is seen rotating for take off on a January
28, 1969 bombing mission. It was loaded
with Mk.82 - 500 lbs "slicks" on the
outboard pylon, Mk.117 - 750 lbs bombs
on the inboard pylon and a centerline 600
gallon fuel tank.

Above: The first kill for IAF F-4's came within three months of operation, on November
11,1969 the crew of Ehud Chenkin and Eyal Achikar flying "Ahat" squadron F-4E number
608 downed and Egyptian MiG-21 PF with an AIM-9B Sidewinder IR guided air to air
missile. IAF F-4E's retained their original camouflage scheme of FS33531 sand, FS34227
green, FS30219 brown over FS35622 light blue throughout their 35 years of service with
the IAF. Note that War of Attrition vintage "Ahat" squadron F-4E's carried the Star of
David roundel only under the right wing and atop the left wing.


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Above: The first pair of CH-53D Stallion helicopters arrived in Israel in October 1969, and joined the Super Ferlons of the First Heavy
Lift Helicopter squadron. On the night of December 26/27,1969 the first two Yassur (Stallion in Hebrew) helicopters, numbered 31 and
33, were used to steal a Soviet SAM-2 radar and its control caravan stationed on the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal. At the closing
stages of the Yom-Kippur War, the heavy lift capability of the CH-53D enabled the IDF to retake the Hermon mountain top that to this
day is known as the eyes and ears of Israel to the North.

Right: Eleven Agusta-Bell built civilian
models of the UH-1D (AB205) arrived in
Israel on December 15, 1967, with first
flight taking place two weeks later. The
initial batch of Hueys replaced the S-
58D's of the Turning Sward squadron. On
October 6,1968 the first 6 Bell model 205A
reached Israel directly from the US and
enabled the forming of a Southern Medium
Lift Helicopter squadron. During the 1969-
1971 War of Attrition, the Bell 205 was used
extensively along the Jordanian border
to combat PLO terrorists attempting to
enter Israel. After the Yom-Kippur War, a
1975 IAF command decision replaced the
Huey with its twin engine successor the
Bell 212. The Huey was painted in 1970's
desert colors of FS33531 sand, FS30219
brown and FS34227 green over FS35662
light blue. Initial examples had their cam-
ouflage pattern hard edge masked, and by
1973 the camouflage pattern was applied
free hand using a spray gun.

Left: Fifteen Dornier D0-28B1/B2 "Agur"
(Crane) were introduced to Camel squadron
service in February 1971. The Do-28
shared common fuselage and engine as
the single engine Do-27 also operated by
the squadron. The Do-27 and Do-28 shared
a common 1970's desert color scheme and
white identification numerals applied to the
aft fuselage and atop the left and bottom
right wing surfaces. In the second half of
the 1980's the multi color camouflage was
replaced with the Helicopter brown over
Haze grey camouflage shown on page 75.


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Above: The first pair of F-161 Sufa aircraft tail numbers 407 (sIn 00-1005) and 408 (s/n 00-1006) were introduced into Negev
squadron service on February 19, 2004. The Negev squadron was chosen as the first squadron to operate the Sufa after operating
the F-16A/B Netz for twenty years, being one of the first three squadrons to introduce the F-16 to IAF service in 1980. Throughout
that period, the Negev squadron was given the task of training pilots to fly and fight in the F-16. Being the first squadron to
operate the lAF's newest fighter, the Negev squadron will continue teaching pilots to fly and fight in the lAF's newest version
of the F-16, this t ime the Sufa. The formation photo shows F-161 no.253 (s/n 00-1004) and no.415 (s/n 00-1010), tail number not
visible in this photo) fitted with a pair of AIM-120 AMRAAM, two Mk.84 - 2000 pound laser guided bombs, two 370 gallon fuel
tanks, CFT's, Rafael Lightning II and AN/AAQ-13 LANTRIN pods.

Left: The F-161 Sufa is identified by Lockheed Martin Aerospace
as Block 52, F-16D as it appears on the left side of the forward
fuselage. Sufa number 425 (s/n 00-1014) of the Bat squadron
is seen with its airbrakes open as it approaches for a landing.
The Bat squadron was chosen by the IAF to be the second IAF
squadron to operate the Sufa. The Bat squadron previously
operated various versions of the F-4 Phantom II including the
Kornass 2000 f rom 1970 unti l the spring of 2003. The Bat
squadron reopened as the lAF's second Sufa squadron on
December 28, 2004 operating alongside the Negev squadron
from Ramon air base. With the delivery of the 102nd Sufa to
the Israeli Air Force, due at the end of 2008, the IAF will become
the second largest operator of the F-16 with 362 aircraft delivered
in comparison the USAF's 2,230 F-16s.

Above: In August 2003, the Hammer squadron finalized their squadron's tail motif to the version shown in this photo. The
camouflage colors applied to the Ra'am are the same as applied to the F-16 and Kfir C7 consisting of FS33531 sand, FS30219
brown and FS34424 (RAF BS381C/210 Sky) green over FS36375 light ghost grey. Note that the F15־l's Ra'am (Thunder) are not
individually named as opposed to the F-15A/B/C/D Baz (Falcon).

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Above: F-15D no.715 named "Shoshanat Ha' Ruhot" (Compass Card) is seen with the "Improved Eagle" vertical f in motif applied
to the vertical f in beginning in December 2001. This new built F-15D was received on May 4, 1992 as part of Peace Fox IV
purchase of five attrition replacement Eagles, to which 700 tail numbers were assigned. After 25 years of service, IAF Eagles
undergoing "Improved Eagle" upgrade have their airframe overhauled, and avionics upgraded to enable launch of a new
generation of all aspect Python IV and Python V IR guided air to air missiles, AIM-120 AMRAAM radar guided missiles and an
array of optically guided air to ground weapons such as the Popeye. Since its IAF service entry in December 1976, the Eagle
termed "Baz" in the IAF, retained its original FS36375 and FS36320 Ghost Grey Colors.

Above: After each day's combat operations, 101 squadron pi lots made their way to the "A tom Bar" on the coas
Aviv for a drink. During one such evening, the pi lots decided that their f ledging squadron needs a squadron ii

• l i f o r n i a , Stan Andrews drew up a winged skul l wear ing a f l y i ng cap th
: נ > ־ ' ! . " * I l k screen poster applied to the squadron's Avias and Spi t f i res. Fif ty-s

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I I I I I I I I I I I • n d laser metal cutting technology and applied to the vertical f in of the sq i

H i l l I I H B H I r f f i n U H j y j 1 4 0 F-16C Barak f ighters. Since its in t roduct ion o f the F-16 to IAF se
. • • B H I o n s have been painted in desert camouflage co lors of FS33531 sand, f

on top and FS36375 Light Ghost Grey underneath.

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