6. In recent decades, some of the most important and impressive missions by the IAF have involved clandestinely bombing nuclear facilities in enemy countries such as Iraq and Syria, using Mossad intelligence. This has been vital to preventing Israel's enemies from developing nuclear weapons that could be used against it.
7. Aerial warfare is not the only thing the Israeli Air Force is good at! In 1991, the IAF along with Israel's national commercial carrier El Al airlifted thousands of Ethiopian Jews to help them immigrate to Israel as part of Operation Solomon.
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8. Israel's air corps also made history in the 1990s by becoming one of the first in the world to allow female combat fighter pilots!
9. The IAF today is one of the most important components that Israel has for fighting against Hamas and Hezbollah, doing reconnaissance as well as precision strikes and even dropping safety information for local civilians.
In addition, the revolutionary Iron Dome missile defense system is part of and operated by the air force under its Air Defense Division, saving countless Israeli lives with incredible accuracy!
10. The Israeli Air Force is routinely ranked among the top in the world, not for its size but due to the skill, ingenuity, and exceptional training of its pilots.
One of its pilots, the now-retired Giora "Hawkeye" Epstein, holds the world record for the most enemy jet aircraft shot down, and the most enemy takedowns of any kind in the world since the Korean War of 1950-53.
Those are our 10 favorite facts about the Israeli Air Force! Want to learn more about the various parts of the Israel Defense Forces? Check out our posts on the IDF reserves, the Mossad intelligence service, the Home Front Command's Search and Rescue Unit, and the IDF overall.
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