N14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3184 posts, RR: 25 Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7170 times:
Earlier this year, I was able to visit the graveyard of the Beersheba - Hatzerim Air Force Base. It was actually just during the preparation for that trip when I found out that IAF did operate the Noratlas.
There are still two airframes in Beersheba:
As per Wikipedia the only reason why they operated this type of aircraft was that the French government would only allow them to purchase 12 Dassault Ouragans if they purchased three Noratlases as well.
It also reports that that the IAF used their Noratlases for maritime reconnaissance at the outset of the Six-Day War, and one of these supposedly identified the USS Liberty prior to the strafing of the ship.
I became curious about these two stories and wondered if anybody here on a.net could confirm or even give additional information. Any feedback would be highly appreciated
dlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 557 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6666 times:
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The Israel Air Force bought 8 new Noratlas in 1955-1959 and later acquired 16 from the Luftwaffe in 1962-1965. 1 was lost in a crash, 1 was lost to strafing in the 1967 war and 6 were reputedly sold to Greece in 1976. One is preserved at the IAF Museum and two more are in storage there. One is preserved in Haifa.