Israeli F-15 Eagle Units in Combat

Israeli F-15 Eagle Units in Combat

Combat Aircraft 67
  • Author: Shlomo Aloni
  • Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • Short code: COM 67
  • Publication Date: 10 Dec 2006
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Post-Yom Kippur War, Israel purchased the F-15 Eagle, the then world's best air-to-air fighter, in an effort to prevent another surprise attack from the air. For the first time in its history the IDF/AF operated a fighter that was a full generation ahead of opposing interceptors in the region. The first ‘kill' F-15 Baz (Buzzard) arrived in Israel in 1976 and soon proved its worth in combat. Israeli Baz pilots were credited with 12.5 kills between 1979 and 1981, with 33 victories following during the June 1982 Lebanon War. Despite substantial combat, no Israeli F-15 has ever been lost to enemy action. In the 1990s the US government supplied the IDF/AF with the F-15I Ra'am (Thunder) to fulfill the long-range surface-to-surface missile mission post-Desert Storm. From A to I, the extremely capable, and combat-tested, Israeli F-15 force will continue to deter potential enemies well into the foreseeable future. This book examines the history and development of these units.

Biographical Note

Shlomo Aloni is a prolific and well-respected aviation historian based in Israel. He is the Israeli correspondent for leading aviation magazines in the UK such as AirForces Monthly and International Airpower Review, as well as publications in Spain and Turkey. This is his fourth volume for Osprey. having written Aces 59 and 60 and Combat Aircraft 23.Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Chris Davey has illustrated more than 20 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Aviation Elite Units series since 1994. He is one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business and has become Osprey's artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter, proving his undoubted skill when dealing with large aircraft subjects such as the Halifax and Sunderland.

Contents

Chapter 1: Baz Origins
Chapter 2: Close and Far
Chapter 3: Lebanon War
Chapter 5: From Lebanon to Iraq
Chapter 6: Reshaping Deterrence
Chapter 7: Baz Upgrade
Appendices: Israeli F-15 Aces; Israeli F-15 kills; Colour Profiles

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