Monday, July 17, 2006

Israeli Air Force news

After I started the virtual 101 Squadron in WarBirds, several Israelis flocked to fly with us. One of these was an adolescent who flew under the name of Flyboy. He was 13 at the time.

As nearly all Israelis do, he joined the IDF at 18. He applied for and was accepted into pilot training. This weekend, he sent us news. He passed the last sorting flights of the "check Krav" course (vertical sorting) and was selected to continue as a fighter pilot.

The ranks of the virtual 101 Squadron have included fighter pilots in the past, but this is the first of our members to grow up to become one. It's with a little naches that I mention this.

Speaking of aerial exploits in that part of the world, I was sent a pointer to a page with targeting cam footage taken from Israeli aircraft during the current unpleasantries. Most of the footage shows he bombing of bridges and buildings, but you can also see ground crew working on an F-16 and an Israeli MLRS in action.

My favourite movie is "katyusha_130706384k_stream001.wmv". That video shows Katyusha launches from a Hezbollah position in some trees. The launches stop, then troops flee the site as they realize they're under attack. The explosion is spectacular.


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