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Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Two ex-civil BN-2A series 2 donated to the IDF/AF at the end of 1973. Used by ? sqn for light transport and navigator trainers. Withdrawn by 1982. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
006 107 4X-AYW 12 Dec 1973 1982 Tech School, later to Hatzerim Museum '001'
004 285 4X-AYK 12 Dec 1973 7.7.82 Hatzerim Museum (4X-FMD)

References:

  • BIAF - an israeli air & space magazine
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Handley Page Herald ('?')
Three Dart Herald 209 aircraft from Arkia Airlines mobilised during the Six Day War of 1967. Arkia later acquired 4X-AHN and 4X-AHO, but these did not arrive until 1968.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
4X-AHR 183 G-8-1 1967 Arkia Airlines d/d 17 Apr 1964, to G-BAZJ
4X-AHS 174 G-8-2 1967 Arkia Airlines d/d 18 May 1964, to G-BEZB
4X-AHT 189 G-ATDS 1967 Arkia Airlines d/d July 1965, to G-ATDS

References:

  • Handley Page Aircraft since 1907


Nord N.1203 Norécrin ('?')
Two N.1203/II aircraft donated to the IDF by a French Jewish family and delivered in June 1948. Used by ? sqn for training duties during the June-July armistice. Converted to air ambulance configuration. Still in use 9 September 1948. Withdrawn when? Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
B-45 170 F-BEUI June 1948 to 0701, still used 25 Oct 1948.
B-46 169 F-BEUH June 1948 to 0702

References:

  • Spitfires Over Israel
  • BIAF May 1995


Nord N.2501 Noratlas
Eight N.2501IS new-build aircraft delivered new from manufacturer in 1955-59. Twelve more VFW-built N.2501D obtained in October 1962 from West German Air Force. Four more N.2501D obtained later. Used for Cargo Transport duties. Withdrawn from service in 1976 and sold to the Greek Air Force. No Hebrew name. Some Noratlas loaned by AdlA during Suez Campaign.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5761 1     N.2501IS, later 061, 4X-FAP
5762 2     N.2501IS, later 062, 4X-FAQ
5763 3     N.2501IS, later 063, 4X-FAR
5764 4     N.2501IS, later 064, 4X-FAS
5765 5     N.2501IS, later 065, 4X-FAT
5766 6     N.2501IS, later 066, 4X-FAU, scrapped Kiryat Malachi late 1999
041 D088     N.2501D, 4X-FAA, displayed Sdot Yam Aug 2000, scrapped by 2003
042 D096     N.2501D, 4X-FAB, w/o 1964
043 D134     N.2501D, 4X-FAC, stored Hatzerim Museum
044 D150   Oct 1962 N.2501D, 4X-FAD, w/o 29 Apr 1964
045 D151     N.2501D, 4X-FAE, Hatzerim museum
046 D153     N.2501D, 4X-FAF, preserved Lod
055 D165     N.2501D, 4X-FAG, stored Hatzerim museum
056 D167     N.2501D, 4X-FAH, G.I. Haifa
059 D???     N.2501D, 4X-FA?, scrapped Kiryat Malachi late 1999
071 D???     N.2501D, 4X-FAY, wfu Lod Feb 1981
072 D089     N.2501D, 4X-FAW, preserved Nahshon Junction 2002
077 D???     N.2501D, 4X-FAX, w/o 6 June 1967
? D083   Oct 1962 N.2501D, 4X-FAV, wfu Lod Jan 1982
? D092   Oct 1962 N.2501D, 4X-FA?
? D093   Oct 1962 N.2501D, 4X-FA?
? D166   Dec 1963 N.2501D, 4X-FAI, wfu Lod Feb 1981
? D168   Dec 1963 N.2501D, 4X-FA?
? D169   1963 N.2501D, 4X-FA?
? D170   1963 N.2501D, 4X-FA?
? D???     N.2501D, 4X-FAK Sept 1968
? D???     N.2501D, 4X-FAN June 1961
4X-ALH       in EL AL colours 6 Nov 1956 - loaned AdlA aircraft?

References:

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


Taylorcraft Model BL ('?')
Two Model BL (not Model C) impressed from Aviron Company into Sherut Avir Nov 1947. Used by ? sqn for pilot training, light transport and comms duties. Both aircraft in need of repair 9 September 1948. Withdrawn when? Hebrew name not known.

Three aircraft originally delivered December 1938 to Palestine Flying Services (Sherutai Eretz Israel Le'Teoffa) and used for pilot training. In 1939 all acquired by Aviron.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
VQ-PAH       w/o before Nov 1947
VQ-PAI       to A-31, to 0201
VQ-PAJ       to A-32, to 0202, w/o Dec 1948 in crash

References:

  • Spitfires Over Israel
  • BIAF May 1995



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