|Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base|
|IATA: none – ICAO: LLHS|
|Operator||Israeli Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||148 ft / 45 m|
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.
History[edit | edit source]
RAF Qastina[edit | edit source]
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.
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:
- No. 47 Squadron RAF (1946) Handley Page Halifax A.7 & A.9
- No. 512 Squadron RAF (1945) Douglas Dakota
- No. 644 Squadron RAF (1945-1946) Handley Page Halifax A.7 & A.9
- No. 651 Squadron RAF (1947-1948) Auster AOP6
Israeli Air Force Base Hatzor[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
Israeli Air Force Units[edit | edit source]
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