Syark Air Force (SAF) - 1/72 Hobby Master IAF F-15I Ra'am 69th (Hammers) Sqn, #269, Hatzerim AB, Israel, 2009
1/72 Hobby Master IAF F-15I Ra'am 69th (Hammers) Sqn 269, Hatzerim AB, Israel, 2009
At last I have my mood and time to update my entry with new F15 variant from Israel Air Force (IAF) designated F15 I (RA' AM). In 1998 the IDF began to receive their McDonnell Douglas F-15I Ra’am (Thunder) with the intent to have them operationally ready by late 1998 but because of rising tension in the Persian Gulf. The first F-15I was ready by June 1998, well ahead of original plans. In 1999 three Israeli pilots took part in Red Flag at Nellis AFB using aircraft supplied directly from McDonnell Douglas and carried USAF serials. When the operation was over the aircraft were flown back to Israel by the same pilots. Aircraft with Israeli tail number 269 arrived in Israel on May 27, 1999 and assigned to the 69th Squadron "Ha'patishim" (Hammers).
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