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Israeli Air Force Noratlas

Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:25 pm

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 could confirm or even give additional information. Any feedback would be highly appreciated
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RE: Israeli Air Force Noratlas

Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:53 pm

Jezuus, I don't recall ever seeing as intense of a case of corrosion as those propellers!

Don't know the specifics but I have heard the same stories......I thought it was the Mystere buy but I am more than likely wrong
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RE: Israeli Air Force Noratlas

Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:39 am

A shame to see such a beautiful aircraft in such disrepair. Can't help it, I like transports.

Hell, a little duct tape and a couple of turbines and they're back in the air!   

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RE: Israeli Air Force Noratlas

Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:56 am

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.

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RE: Israeli Air Force Noratlas

Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:33 pm

Quoting dlednicer (Reply 3):
1 was lost to strafing in the 1967 war

I believe this one was lost during a raid on Natanya by Jordanian Hunters.
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