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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Three B-17G obtained June 1948 and delivered 14 July 1948 via Zatec in Czechoslovakia. All turrets, armour, oxygen systems, bomb racks, bombsights and guns had been removed. Used by 69 sqn for the day and night bombing role. Top and ball turrets were added after the 1948 war and two B-17s were equipped with a radar in a nose radome for maritime patrol duties. Withdrawn and scrapped in Israel between 1958-62. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1601   NL1098M 14 July 1948 from Charles Winter as freighter
1602   NL5024M 14 July 1948 from Charles Winter as freighter
1603   NL5014M 14 July 1948 ex-photo survey
-   NL7712M not delivered interned in the Azores on delivery flight June 1948

References:

  • Spitfires Over Israel (Brian Cull et al)
  • Wings of Fame Vol.6
  • Air Enthusiast No.8


Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet ('?')
Twenty PT-17 obtained late 1948 and shipped dismantled as spare parts. Still being assembled September 1948. Entered service late November 1948? At least thirty more delivered after 1949. Used by the FTS for pilot training and utility duties. Withdrawn from 1955 and sold to local civilians. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
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06       noted early 1950s

References:

  • to be added


Boeing Stratocruiser ('Anak')
Five Model 377s obtained from Pan American Airways in 1963 and rebuilt for cargo use by Bedek Aircraft as Model B-377M. Two had swing tails and cargo doors on the port side, while the rest had side cargo doors and C-97 style tail sections with clamshell doors. Eight KC-97G and one KC-97F were subsequently obtained from the USAF between 1965-1973. At least three KC-97G converted back to tanker role with flying boom and underwing refuelling pods. One KC-97G and the KC-97F were converted for EW duties. Total of 14 acquired. Used by 120 sqn for the freight transport, tanker and EW roles. Last aircraft withdrawn in April 1978. Hebrew name means Giant.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
010/4X-FPV 15930 N1030V   Model 377, scapped Mar 1974
015/4X-FPW 15925 N1025V   Model 377, Lod Mar 1974
030/4X-FPP 16645 52-2614   C-97G, wfu Dec 1975, abandoned in Sinai Feb 1982
031/4X-FPT 16643 52-2612   C-97G noted Dec 1977
032/4X-FPW 16654 52-2623   C-97G noted Dec 1977
033/4X-FPR 16714 52-2683   C-97G, to ELINT but shot down by Egyptian SAM-2 and w/o 17.9.71
035/4X-FPO 16830 52-2799   C-97G, Hatzerim Museum
037/4X-FPS 16658 52-2627   C-97G, to KC-97G but w/o 30.11.70 in nocturnal collision with TWA Boeing 707 at Lod Airport.
038/4X-FPU 16445 51-0378   C-97F, SOC 1975
039/4X-FPN 16767 52-2736   C-97G, preserved Hatzerim Museum
040/4X-FPM 17147 53-0365   C-97G
096/4X-FPZ 15962 N90946   Model 377
097/4X-FPY 15964 N90948   Model 377
098/4X-FPX 15963 N90947   Model 377

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Boeing 707 ('R'em') * Current *
Some ex-TWA 707-131, some 707-320, some 707-329 from Sabena, some 707-124 from Continental airlines. In service from 1973. Used by ? sqn for VIP transport, EW/Command and Control and Tanker roles. Transport 707 has Hebrew name 'R'em', meaning Unicorn. RC-707 has Hebrew name 'Barboor', meaning Swan; KC-707 has Hebrew name 'Saknayee', meaning Pelican; EC-707 has Hebrew name 'Chasidah', meaning Stork. Note: '257'/4X-JYI was actually a Phalcon AEW converted for the Chilean AF.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
001/4X-JYE 17612     Lod dump May 2000
004/4X-JYH 17668     to N195CA 1977
005/4X-JYC 17666     to N????
006/4X-JYA 18012     wfu Sept 1996
007/4X-JYI 17661     to N198CA Nov 1978
008/4X-JYD 17667     preserved Hatzerim museum
009/4X-JYB 17610     to N196CA Nov 1978
010/4X-JYG 18013     Boeing 720, ELINT, stored Hatzerim Museum
115/4X-JYV 17615     EC-707, stored Lod May 2000
'103'/4X-JYW 17617     EC-707, ex-116, stored Hatzerim museum
117/4X-JYX 17922     wfu Lod Apr 2002
118/4X-JYK 18246     wfu Nablus 2000
119/4X-JYN 17619     scrapped Lod 1998
120/4X-JYP 17921     RC-707
128/4X-JYL 18374     RC-707
137/4X-JYM 18460     RC-707
140/4X-JYT 17625     KC-707
240/4X-JYZ 17596     scrapped 1987
242/4X-JYQ 20110     KC-707
246/4X-JYS 20230     Phalcon, stored Lod 2003
248/4X-JYU 20429     KC-707
250/4X-JYY 20428     KC-707
255/4X-JYB 20629     EC-707
258/4X-JYC 19291     EC-707, stored Lod 2003
260/4X-JYN 20716     KC-707
264/4X-JYH 20721     VC-707 July 2005, to be conv to RC-707
272/4X-??? 21096     VC-707 July 2004, to KC-707 by Aug 2004
275/4X-J?? 21334     KC-707
290/4X-J?? 21956     VC-707 Nov 2003, to KC-707 by Jan 2004

References:

  • Air Pictorial September 1999
  • Journal of Military Aviation
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



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