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Bell 212 serial 033.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Unit History


124 Squadron

(124 Tayeset "Ha'Kheref Ha'Matahafket" - The Rotating Sword Squadron)
Role: Utility Transport

Previous history to be added.

February 1975 saw the arrival of the first Bell 212, destined to replace the Bell 205 in IDF/AF service. Similar to the US military UH-1N, the Bell 212 offered a 'hot and high' performance considerably better than its predecessor. It appears that a new squadron was formed to operate them, rather than directly replace the Bell 205s of RSS sqn. RSS then appears to have been disbanded and its unit badge transferred to 124 sqn.

Two examples of the Bell 212 were lost to AAA fire in the Lebanon war of June 1982, with at least another two lost since then. Several of the 212s were dedicated to advanced helicopter pilot training, following on from the Bell 206 - these being recently transferred permanently to the Flight School strength.

A number of ex-US Army UH-60s have been received from the USA, with the surplus Bell 212s going to 123 Sqn.

A Bell 212 on coastal patrol.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
The UH-60A is the latest type for 124 sqn.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
A UH-60A hovers over a river.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
This UH-60A is serial 624.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
Air Bases:
Base Duration
Tel Nof 1960s
Palmachim 1975-Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Bell 47G13+1960s1?
Alouette II2+1960s1?
Sikorsky S-55?1960s1?
Sikrosky S-58281960s1?
Bell 21258Feb 75 - Present1057,051, 010,012, 028,029,032
UH-60A1030 Aug 1994 - Present1605,607

Unit Insignia:
Figure 1
Figure 1 courtesy of Amos Dor



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