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Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base
IATA: none – ICAO: LLHS
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Israeli Air Force
Location Hatzor, Israel
Elevation AMSL 148 ft / 45 m
Coordinates 31°45′45.00″N 34°43′38.00″E / 31.7625°N 34.72722°E / 31.7625; 34.72722
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 7,905 2,409 Asphalt
11R/29L 8,040 2,451 Asphalt
11L/29R 8,005 2,440 Asphalt

Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base (Hebrew: בסיס חיל האוויר חצור‎) (ICAO: LLHS), also titled Kanaf 4 (lit. Wing 4) is an Israeli Air Force military air base, located in central Israel, near kibbutz Hatzor after which it is named. It was founded by Britain's Royal Air Force as RAF Qastina.

HistoryEdit

RAF QastinaEdit

RAF Qastina, after the nearby Palestinian village of the same name, was an RAF station in Palestine between 1942 and 1948.

On the night of 25 February 1946, Irgun militants attacked the airbase and destroyed several parked RAF Handley Page Halifax transports. Two additional RAF airfields, RAF Lydda (Ben Gurion International Airport) and RAF Kfar Sirkin, were attacked in what became known as the "Night of the Airplanes". Altogether, the attacks destroyed 20 RAF aircraft and damaged several others. Following these attacks, the RAF vacated some of its Palestine-based planes to Egypt.[1]

On 15 March 1948, as the British Mandate for Palestine drew to a close, the RAF evacuted the airfield and it was taken over by Haganah forces.

RAF Units stationed at RAF Qastina:

Israeli Air Force Base HatzorEdit

On the morning of August 16, 1966, an Iraqi MiG-21 jet landed in Hatzor AFB. Munir Redfa, an Iraqi Air Force pilot, had been persuaded by the Mossad (The Blue Bird – Operation Diamond) to fly the flagship of the Soviet export aircraft industry to Israel. The MiG was the most advanced aircraft in Arab inventories at the time.[2]

Hatzor has a network of eight simulator pods which use satellite footage of countries including Lebanon and Syria to train pilots for deep strike missions.[3]

Israeli Air Force UnitsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1946 Israeli Air Force
  2. 1966 The blue bird legend
  3. IAF’s newest squadron will never leave the ground

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