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Aerospatiale HH-65A Dolphin ('Dolpheen')
Two HH-65A, equivalent to US Coastguard helicopters, ordered ? from US production line. Delivered 1985 (1988?). Used by 193 sqn for search and rescue/naval co-operation duties. Retired from service in 1997. Hebrew name means Dolphin.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
901 6002 4X-FJA 1985 GI Ramat David May 2000, to USA for GI 2001
905 6007 4X-FJB 1985 w/o 16.9.96

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Aerospatiale SA.321 Super Frelon ('Tsir'ah')
Six SA.321Ka (with stabilising floats and rescue winch) and six SA.321Kb (no floats or winch) were ordered from the manufacturer in 1965. Nine were delivered prior to June 1967, and another 4 were delivered after the Six-Day War. A total of 13 were acquired. Although the original intention wss to order 24 examples, the French arms embargo following the Six Day War limited the eventual total. Used by 114 sqn for tactical transport and covert insertion of troops behind enemy lines. During 1973-74 US supplied T58-GE-16 engines were substituted for the original powerplants. Withdrawn from service in 1989, with the 7 survivors going to the IDF/AF museum or into storage. Hebrew name means Wasp.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
002 104     Stored Hatzerim Apr 2002
04 107     w/o 25 Oct 1968
06 108     Preserved Tel Nof, moved to ? location
008 110     SA.321Kb, G.I. Haifa May 2005
009 114     SA.321Ka, Stored Hatzerim Apr 2002
010 125     Hatzerim Museum '125' Feb 2006
012 126      
015 130     Stored Hatzerim Apr 2002
'016' 131      
018 136     Stored Hatzerim Apr 2002
019 137      
020 138     Hatzerim Museum Feb 2006
021 146     Stored Hatzerim Apr 2002

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Aerospatiale SA.342 Gazelle ('?')
Two SA.342L captured from the Syrian Air Force after being shot down in the Lebanon in June 1982. Parts from a number of captured wrecks were combined to produce these two flying examples for technical evaluation. The first Gazelle was then sold to a civilian operator. The second Gazelle was used by 125 sqn for liaison and airshow demonstrations, and after about 3 years it was retired to the IAF Museum. No Hebrew name given?

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
904 341-1787 1222 1982 Sold to Marom Aviation as 4X-BHH, later to Chim-Nir Aviation then wfu.
907 341-1788 1333 1982 preserved Hatzerim museum

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Eurocopter AS.565 Panther ('Atalef') * Current *
Five AS.565SA Panther ordered from the US production line. Delivered 1996-97. Used by 193 sqn for utility transport/naval co-operation duties. Hebrew name means Bat.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
882 ? ? Aug 1996  
885 ? ? May 1997  
889 ? ?    
891 ? ?    
895 ? ?    

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



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