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Beech 35 Bonanza
Two V-tailed Beech A35 examples purchased in South Africa by Boris Senior, and delivered in May 1948. One example from Netherlands - donated and delivered by Wim van Leer May 1948. Used by Tel Aviv Sqn at Sde Dov and Galilee Sqn for light attack role. Locally fitted with underwing bomb racks. Three aircraft in service 9 September 1948 - but all awaiting repair. Used for liaison role after War of Independence. Withdrawn after December 1952. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
B-41     6 May 1948 later 0601, ZS-BWR/S
B-42     5 May 1948 later 0602, ZS-BWS/R, with Galilee Sqn 12 June 1948
B-43 D-1098   July 1948 later 0603, registered in UK 21.1.48 as G-AJVG, to Israel Air Force 1948, to 4X-AER in 1956, to F-BCAQ in 1958.
'/A'       damaged in Egyptian AF attack on Sde Dov 15 May 1948
'/D'       with Tel Aviv Sqn 3 June 1948
  D-11168   6 May 1948 ZS-BTE, 4X-ACI (sic), N9866F, registered in UK 4.3.60 as G-APVW

References:

  • Spitfires Over Israel (Brian Cull et al)
  • BIAF May 1995


Beech A36 Bonanza ('Khofit' or 'Hofit') * Current *
Eighteen model A36 delivered from December 2004. Six more ordered late 2005. Total of obtained 24. Used for liaison role. Hebrew name means Stint.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
301 E3588 N37088 Dec 2004  
304 E3589 N37089   Noted May 2005
309 E3591 N36791   Noted May 2005
311        
313 E3596 N36895   Noted Jan 2005
318   N37196   Noted May 2005
324 E3597 N36897   Noted May 2005
328 E3600 N37100   Noted May 2005
333        
335 E3603 N36763   Noted May 2005
338       Noted May 2005
340       Noted May 2005
346        
348        
353       noted May 2005
355       Noted 2006
360        
363       Noted June 2005
369        
399        
         
         
         
         

References:

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


Beech 18 ('?')
Details TBA.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
         
         
         

References:

  • to be added


Beech 80 Queen Air ('Zamir')
Twelve Model 65-B80 aircraft delivered new from manufacturer in 1974. Used by 128 sqn for general liaison and the Flight School for multi-engined pilot training. Two aircraft reserved for VIP transport. Withdrawn from service in June 2003. Hebrew name means Nightingale.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
101 LD478   1974  
102 LD479   1974  
103 LD480   1974  
104 LD481   1974 Preserved Hatzerim Museum
105 LD484   1974  
106 LD485   1974  
107 LD486   1974  
108 LD487   1974  
109 LD489   1974 Preserved Hatzerim Museum
110 LD490   1974  
111 LD491   1974  
112 LD492   1974  

References:

  • Beech Aircraft And Their Predecessors (A J Pelletier)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Beech 200 Super King Air ('Zufit' or 'Tsofit') * Current *
Four Model 200 ('Zufit 1') aircraft delivered from manufacturer in November-December 1990. A further five Model 200T ('Zufit 2') aircraft were ordered late 1997 and delivered 2000-2001, Used by 100 sqn for Utility Transport duties.

Five Model 200CT IMINT aircraft ('Zufit 3') delivered 2002. Three Model 200T (Zufit 4) aircraft acquired for Maritime Patrol duties. Five Model 200T ('Zufit 5') delivered 2003-2004 for utility transport duties. Total of 22 King Air 200s obtained. Hebrew name means Thrush.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
501 BB-1385 4X-FEA 1990 Zufit 1, 100 Sqn
504 BB-1386 4X-FEB 1990 Zufit 1, 100 Sqn
507 BB-1387 4X-FEC 1990 Zufit 1, 100 Sqn
510 BB-1388 4X-FED 1990 Zufit 1, 100 Sqn
622 BB1684/BT39 N32268   Zufit 2, 100 Sqn
625 BB1717/BT40 N44717   Zufit 2, 100 Sqn
629 BB1721/BT41 N44721   Zufit 2, 100 Sqn
633 BB1724/BT42 N44724   Zufit 2, 100 Sqn
636 BB1727/BT43 N43237   Zufit 2, 100 Sqn
703 BN5 N5005M   Zufit 3, 135 Sqn
709 BN6 N5106F   Zufit 3, 135 Sqn
711 BN7 N5107Z   Zufit 3, 135 Sqn
714 BN8 N51488   Zufit 3, 135 Sqn
719 BN9 N50969   Zufit 3, 135 Sqn
721 BT44 N51214   Zufit 4, 135 Sqn
730 BT45 N44869   Zufit 4, 135 Sqn
735 BT46 N61346   Zufit 4, 135 Sqn
842 BB1806     Zufit 5, 100 Sqn
844 BB1809     Zufit 5, 135 Sqn
848 BB1811     Zufit 5, Flight School
856       Zufit 5, 100 Sqn
859       Zufit 5, 100 Sqn

References:

  • Beech Aircraft And Their Predecessors (AJ Pelletier)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Beech RC-12D/K ('Kookiya') * Current *
Five RC-12D aircraft delivered from manufacturer in 1985. Two RC-12K delivered in 1991. Used by 135 sqn for EW/ELINT/SIGINT/Combat Support duties. Hebrew name means Cuckoo.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
974/4X-FSA BP-7 81-23638 1985 RC-12D
977/4X-FSB BP-8 81-23639 1985 RC-12D
980/4X-FSC BP-9 81-23640 1985 RC-12D
982/4X-FSD BP-10 81-23641 1985 RC-12D
985/4X-FSE BP-11 81-23642 1985 RC-12D
987/4X-FSF FG-1   1991 RC-12K
990/4X-FSG FG-2   1991 RC-12K

References:

  • Beech Aircraft And Their Predecessors (A J Pelletier)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



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