|Benjamin "Benny" Peled|
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Died||July 13, 2002 (aged 73–74)|
|Service/branch||Israeli Air Force|
|Years of service||1948–1977|
|Commands held||Israel Air Force, Hatzor Airbase|
|Battles/wars||1948 Arab-Israeli War, Suez Crisis, Six-Day War, Yom Kippur War, Operation Entebbe|
|Other work||President of Elbit Systems|
Benny Peled (Hebrew: בני פלד; 1928 – July 13, 2002), born Benjamin Weidenfeld in Tel Aviv, Israel, was the commander of the Israeli Air Force during the Yom Kippur War and Operation Entebbe. He retired with the rank of Aluf (Major General).
He started as a mechanic in the beginnings of the Israeli Air Force. During the War of Independence he had assembled the first Messerschmitt Bf 109 which had arrived in Israel dismantled. He then became a pilot and fought in the Independence war.
After the war, he was one of the pioneers of the jet age in the IAF. He commanded the first Meteor, Ouragan and Mystère squadrons. He was the first Mystère pilot to be shot down in the Sinai Campaign. Peled was a base commander during the Six-Day War.
Benny Peled participated in Operation Kadesh, in which he was shot down by Egyptian anti-aircraft, and became the first Israeli pilot to use an ejector seat. He was later rescued by an IAF Piper.
He became commander of the IAF in 1973 when he was 45 years old.
In 1978, Peled became the president of Elbit Systems, a positions he held until 1985.
|This biographical article related to the military of Israel is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|