|049-1965||43-10313, RX-123||refurbished to L-149 standard by Lockheed as NC90827 for delivery to El Al as 4X-AKA on 25 Mar 1951. reg'd 5 Oct 1950.|
|049-1967||43-10315, RX-124||refurbished to L-049D standard by Lockheed as NC67930 for delivery to El Al as 4X-AKB on 22 Dec 1950. reg'd 5 Oct 1950.|
|2401||049-1968||43-10316, RX-121||21 June 1948||to El Al use 14 Apr 1949, formally purchased Apr 1951, refurbished to L-149 standard by Lockheed as NC90829 for delivery to El Al as 4X-AKC on 8 Aug 1951. reg'd 15 July 1951. Shot down over Bulgaria 27 July 1955 - mistaken for USAF spyplane|
Lockheed Model 414 Hudson
Four Hudsons converted to civil use obtained in Australia and covertly delivered from late 1948. Possibly one additional aircraft obtained in Canada in 1950. Converted back to military on delivery and used for some bombing missions, but soon relegated to transport duties. Operated by Air Transport Command, 106 Sqn and 103 Sqn. Three still in service 1 January 1950, but finally withdrawn from service in 1954.
|2601||6076||VH-BIH||6 Nov 1948||Mk.IVA, ex 41-23217, A16-147|
|2602||6417||VH-BFQ||Feb 1949||Mk.IIIA, ex 41-236000, BW738, A16-156|
|2603||6447||VH-BIA||Mar 1949||Mk.IIIA, ex 41-36988, FH187, A16-226|
|2604?||3843||VH-BLB||May/June 1949||Mk.III, AE488, A16-222|
Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar
One C-60A Lodestar donated by Australian businessman Burke Naughton. Delivered on 8 October 1948 (Norton) but noted as in use on 9 September 1948 (Spitfires). 'Lodestar' 2501 was reportedly severely damaged in a landing accident at Herzliya soon after arrival (Spitfires), possibly being written off. A second example from the same source may have replaced this machine - but the reported registration of VH-BIH is a Hudson (see above). Only one Lodestar in service on 1 November 1948. Used by 106 sqn and then 103 Sqn in the utility transport role. One example noted as unserviceable on 1 January 1950 - permamently withdrawn from service shortly afterwards.
The similiar appearance of the Lodestar and Hudson seems to have caused some confusion in recording the history of these machines.
|2501||2611||VH-BFZ||8 Oct 1948||C-60A, ex 43-16451, A67-7. Severely damaged in landing accident at Herzliya soon after arrival.|
|2501?||5 Nov 1948||no information|
|-||2090||G-AGBU||not delivered||delivery flight refused by British authorities.|
Lockheed-Martin C-130 Hercules ('Karnaf') * Current *
Two new-build C-130H delivered at the end of 1971 (under Peace Bata I), with two more arriving in May 1974 (under Peace Bata II). Twelve C-130E delivered in the meanwhile from USAF stocks in 1973 (under Peace Bata III). Six new-build C-130H and two new-build KC-130H delivered in 1976 (under Peace Bata IV). Used by 120, 103 and 131 sqns for the cargo transport/tanker roles. Total of twenty-four obtained of all variants. Hebrew name means Rhinoceros. At least two reportedly converted to EC-130 standard by 1996, but no modified aircraft have been observed. Hebrew name for this variant reported as 'Aya' (meaning Condor).
The 4X-xxx registrations were gradually deleted externally in the mid 1990s, but are still sometimes used as callsigns.
|102/4X-FBA||4430||71-1374||Oct 1971||C-130H, initially 4X-JUA|
|106/4X-FBB||4431||71-1375||Nov 1971||C-130H, initially 4X-JUB, 4X-EBB with IAI circa 1978|
|309/4X-FBC||4530||73-1600||May 1974||C-130H, also serialled 009, 109, damaged 17 Aug 2003, repaired|
|311/4X-FBD||4533||73-1601||May 1974||C-130H, also serialled 011, w/o 25 Nov 1974 in Sinai|
|301/4X-FBF||3840||63-7774||Oct 1973||C-130E, wfu Lod 2003, Ben Gurion dump May 2006|
|312/4X-FBH||3913||63-7843||Oct 1973||C-130E, wfu Lod 2003, Ben Gurion dump Nov 2007|
|314/4X-FBI||3914||63-7844||Oct 1973||C-130E, also serialled 002|
|307/4X-FBN||3943||63-7873||Oct 1973||C-130E, also serialled 007, wfu Lod Apr 2002, to Mexico FAM 3612? 2003|
|208/4X-FBP||4000||64-0516||Oct 1973||C-130E, damaged 19 June 2003 & repaired|
|311/4X-FBQ||4014||64-0528||Oct 1973||C-130E, to 4X-FBD Nov 1975|
|420/4X-FBQ||4653||75-0534||10 March 1976||C-130H, later converted to KC-130H|
|427/4X-FBS||4662||75-0535||21 April 1976||C-130H|
|435/4X-FBT||4668||75-0536||25 May 1976||C-130H|
|448/4X-FBU||4680||75-0537||23 July 1976||C-130H, w/o 1 Dec 1987 at Hayon, fuselage Lod 2001|
|436/4X-FBW||4686||75-0538||23 Aug 1976||C-130H, also serialled 116, later converted to KC-10H|
|428/4X-FBX||4692||75-0539||23 Sept 1976||C-130H|
|522/4X-FBY||4660||75-0540||27 April 1976||KC-130H, also serialled 422|
|545/4X-FBZ||4664||75-0541||27 May 1976||KC-130H, also serialled 445|
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