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Independence Day 2022

Where to see the Israeli Air Force’s annual Independence Day flyby

Air force display and acrobatic airshows to take place Thursday from Tiberias in north, along Mediterranean coast, through Jerusalem, to IAF base in south – including Hebron flyby

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

File: People at a beach in Tel Aviv watch a military airshow during Independence Day, on May 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
File: People at a beach in Tel Aviv watch a military airshow during Independence Day, on May 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

The Israeli Air Force will hold its annual Independence Day flyover Thursday, with various aircraft zipping over cities and towns throughout the country over the course of the morning and into the early afternoon.

The flyover will include F-15, F-16 and F-35 fighter jets; Lavi training aircraft; C-130 cargo planes; a Boeing refueling plane; Black Hawk, Sea Stallion, Panther and Apache helicopters; and Israel Aerospace Industries Heron drones. It will be the first time IAI drones are participating in the flyover.

This year, the military will add a flyby over the West Bank city of Hebron and the adjacent settlement of Kiryat Arba. It is the first time the flyby is to go over that area, but not the first time it passes over West Bank communities. The IDF said the move was not a political statement, but rather related to the size of the community.

The Air Force displays will be made up of an acrobatic airshow and a flyby.

The airshow: Scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. over the Ramat David Air Base in northern Israel, continuing to Tiberias for a show at 9:45 a.m., and over the beaches of Haifa at 10:05 a.m.

From there, the four Beechcraft T-6 Texan II turboprop airplanes that make up the acrobatic team will head to southern Israel and perform over the Air Force Museum in the Hatzerim Air Base at 11:54 a.m., before traveling to Tel Aviv’s Bograshov Beach at 12:15 p.m., the Tel Nof Air Base at 12:30 p.m., Jerusalem’s Sacher Park at 2:07 p.m. and finally Ashdod’s beach at 2:25 p.m.

The airbases, along with the military’s Samaria Brigade Base in the West Bank and the Israeli Navy base in Eilat, will be open to the public on Independence Day.

File: The Israeli Air Force acrobatic team fly over the Sea of Galilee during a military airshow on Israel’s 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)

The flyby: Here is a partial list of flyby times for cities and towns throughout the country:

Jerusalem: 11:38 a.m.

Tel Aviv: 11:31 a.m.

Haifa: 11:49 a.m.

Modiin: 11:26 a.m.

Beersheba: 11:56 a.m.

Ashdod: 11:27 a.m.

Netanya: 11:34 a.m.

Rehovot: 12:07 p.m.

Sderot: 11:23 a.m.

Hebron: 2:02 p.m.

A full list (in Hebrew) of flyover sites and times, as well as a link to a smartphone application to track the aircraft, can be found here.

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