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F-16A Crash In Israel, Pilot Killed  
User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1539 posts, RR: 13
Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6346 times:

Sad news from Israel: Israel Air Force F-16A crashed today (september 13th) in Judea (south part of the west bank) Israel. The crash gets all the headlines in Israel due to the pilot's identification, Lt. Assaf Ramon.

Ramon, 22, is the son of Ilan Ramon, IAF senior pilot ranked colonel, who served in the IAF many years. He took part also in the IAF attack over the Iraqi nuclear facility in Osirak, operation Oprah, in 1981.

In 2000, Ramon was chosen to be the first Israeli astronaut. He was trained in the US for 3 years, and sent to space on board the Columbia in January 2003. On February 1st, 2003, Ramon was killed when the Columbia crashed over western USA, together with other 6 astronaut on this mission.

Ilan's oldest son, Assaf, followed his father foot steps and recruited to the IAF. In July 2009 he graduated 3 years in the IAF flight academy in Hazerim as best pilot in his year. In Israel, the IAF academy is considered to be the most difficult course in the army, and most soldiers who start it do not finish it.

Father and son, both IAF pilots, killed, one of them - the first Israeli astronaut, the other - promised young pilot with great future ahead. My hart goes out to the family. What can I say - god works in mysteries ways.

Assaf Ramon, 1987-2009, RIP.

every day is a good day to fly
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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11332 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6280 times:

I just saw this on the BBC News site and came here to see if anything was posted.
Too young to die. Such a gifted young man. He looked very much like his father.
They are now together again in the other world.

RIP young Israeli pilot.


An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has crashed in the West Bank, killing the pilot.

The 21-year-old pilot, Assaf Ramon, was the son of Israel's only astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6195 times:


The particular aircraft was not identified. It could be identical to these.....

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"The cause of the accident was under investigation and is complicated by the large crash scene. Debris is reported to be spread over a large area of land near the settlement of P'nei Chever.

An eye witness account have suggested that Assaf may have tried to eject."

This incident highlights the condition of the Netz in Israeli service, the very first of which came from surplus USAF and USANG stocks.

"Everyone is entitled to my opinion." - Garfield
User currently offlineTodaReisinger From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 2826 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6168 times:

Too terribly sad. Unbearable



I bitterly miss the livery that should never have been changed (repetition...)
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12364 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

RIP to both Lt and Col Ramon, my friends. You are finally flying in the same formation now.

User currently offlineJohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6145 times:

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 2):
This incident highlights the condition of the Netz in Israeli service, the very first of which came from surplus USAF and USANG stocks.

It's the maintenance that matters, not the age of the plane. There are many, much older planes still flying.

User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6119 times:

Sad Sad Day. This poor family has no Joy.

They say he may have blacked out.

User currently offlineElal772 From Israel, joined Jun 2008, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6077 times:

I didn't know him and the pain I feel from this is the kind of pain that makes your heart brake and eyes tear. I cannot begin to imagine or comprehend how his mother will deal with this.
R.I.P. Assaf ז"ל

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