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Avia S-199 in Israeli Air Force Service

One heck of a souvenir

Fans of the Israeli Air Force and its distinguished history might want to get out their checkbooks and check their balances. Israel’s Ministry of Defense will auction one of the C-130 Hercules aircraft that flew to Uganda in the operation to rescue the Air France hostages at Entebbe in 1976.

This particular aircraft, built in 1971, is reliable but tired after more than 14,000 rotations. You can take a tour of the aircraft March 5. I can’t find a copy of the official tender document, but Flight International has more. My embedded video is better, though – and not just because it has clips of former 101 Squadron ground crewman Beni Peled (who once sent me a sweet e-mail).

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