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|A Boeing 707 tanker refuels one of the Lavi prototypes. (photo, Israeli Air Force)|
(120 Tayeset "Ha'Bienleomiet" - The International Squadron)
The long range VIP squadron was formed in late 1962/early 1963 with four C-47s. To this core were added the B-377M Statos and KC-97s as they individually emerged from a comprehensive overhaul by Bedek Aviation. The first Stratocruiser being delivered in February 1964. A total of 14 B-377Ms and KC-97Gs were eventually used (see table for details) before the last one was retired in April 1978. During the Six Day WAr, one old Super Constellation was mobilsed from El Al for personnel/cargo transportation on the Lod - Sinai - Lod re-supply run.
Two C-130H were received in October and November 1971, but later passed on to 131 sqn.
The first Boeing 707 was delivered in January 1972, and the type eventually completely replaced the Stratos. The Boeing 707 fleet has included nine EW versions, four tankers and at least one dedicated medical aircraft. Lod is actually Ben Gurion Air Base (at Ben Gurion IAP).
|Lod (Ben Gurion)
|C-47/DC-3||4||late 1962 -1972+||1||4X-FNN/16
|B-377M||5||Feb 64 - Dec 75||1 ||4X-FPV/10,
|Super Constellation||1||June 1967||1||4X-???
|KC-97F||1||Nov 68 - Dec 75||1 ||4X-FPU/038
|KC-97G||8||June 67 - April 78||1 ||4X-FPM/40,
|C-130H||2||Oct 71 - 1976||1 ||4X-JUA/02,
124/131||3/10||Jan 1973 - Jan 1984||1 ||4X-JYA,JYB,
300 srs||16+||May 1977 - Present||1 ||4X-JYK,JYN,
Westwind 1||2||Oct 1973 - Present ||1 ||4X-JYR/035
Figure 1 courtesy of Amos Dor