Ramat David Airbase

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Ramat David Air Force Base
בָּסִיס חֵיל-הַאֲוִויר רָמַת דָּוִד
Ramat David AFB is located in Israel
Ramat David AFB
Ramat David AFB
Ramat David AFB (Israel)
Kanaf1 ramat-david.jpg
Coordinates 32°39′59.77″N 035°10′59.97″E / 32.6666028°N 35.1833250°E / 32.6666028; 35.1833250
Site information
Owner Israeli Air Force
Site history
Built 1942
Built by Royal Air Force
IATA: noneICAO: LLRD
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Israeli Air Force
Elevation AMSL 138 ft / 42 m
Coordinates 32°40′0″N 35°11′0″E / 32.66667°N 35.18333°E / 32.66667; 35.18333Coordinates: 32°40′0″N 35°11′0″E / 32.66667°N 35.18333°E / 32.66667; 35.18333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
145/325 8,005 2,440
105/285 9,022 2,750
085/265 9,022 2,750

Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base (ICAO: LLRD, Hebrew: בָּסִיס חֵיל-הַאֲוִיר רָמַת דָּוִד Basis Kheil HaAvir Ramat David) is one of three principal airbases of the Israeli Air Force, located southeast of Haifa, close to kibbutz Ramat David and Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley. It was originally built as a Royal Air Force station in 1942 under the British Mandate when it was known as RAF Ramat David.

History[edit]

Roald Dahl, in his World War II autobiography 'Going Solo', mentions landing his RAF Hawker Hurricane at Ramat David in 1941. At the time it was a hastily prepared grass airstrip rolled out in a cornfield by the residents of the nearby Kibbutz.

RAF Ramat David[edit]

RAF Ramat David was a Royal Air Force station in the British Mandate of Palestine between 1942 and 1948, located approximately 4 km south of Ramat Yishay (Northern District); 80 km north-northeast of Tel Aviv.

Royal AirForce operational units at RAF Ramat David:


After the Israeli Declaration of Independence and the start of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the base was temporarily maintained by the RAF to cover the withdrawal of British forces from Palestine. On 22 May, the Royal Egyptian Air Force attacked the base, mistakenly believing it was an Israeli airbase. In a series of three attacks, several aircraft were destroyed or damaged, a hangar was destroyed, and four airmen were killed. Five Egyptian fighter planes were shot down.[1]

Israeli Air Force Base Ramat David[edit]

On 26 May 1948 the base was handed over to the newly created Israel Defense Forces. Ramat David currently houses 3 F-16 C/D squadrons, including 117 "First Jet" squadron, formed on 7 June 1953, and a Eurocopter AS565 Panther squadron. In 2010, the airbase was the second-largest unit in the IDF with over 1,100 soldiers.[2]

Israeli Air Force Units[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ IAF v RAF - Spyflight.co.uk
  2. ^ "IDF Record Book 2010". Bamahane (3052): p. 83. 8 September 2010.  (Hebrew)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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