B-17 G Flying Fortress in Israeli Air Force Service 1948-1957

9780977462728: B-17 G Flying Fortress in Israeli Air Force Service 1948-1957

96 pages. 217 b/w photos and 15 color profiles (3 with upper planform views and opposite sides). Detailed visual history relating the Flying Fortress' service in the fledgling IAF. While early clandestine acquisitions lacked many of the distictive features seen on the Boeing bombers while in the USAAF, improvosations restored the fight to the surreptitious long-range aircraft, and they became a much needed equalizer during the early years of the Heyl HaAvir. Provides the reader with all aspects of the B-17's Israeli service history - from the first mission on 15 July, 1948 by a single aircraft over Cairo to retirement in 1957 in anticipation of newer jet bombers. Highlights include B-17 actions during War of Independence operations Yoav and Chorev, interwar years, Suez Crisis operation Kadesh and IAF colors and markings.

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