Iftach Spector

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Iftach Spector
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Born (1940-10-20) October 20, 1940 (age 73)
Allegiance  Israel
Service/branch  Israeli Air Force
Years of service 1964-1996
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held 107 Squadron
101 Squadron
Ramat David Airbase
IAF Air Group
Battles/wars Six Day War
War of Attrition
Yom Kippur War
Operation Opera

Iftach Spector (born 20 October 1940) is a retired Israeli Brigadier General, a former fighter pilot and commander of the airbases at Tel Nof and Ramat David. He serves on the Israel Advisory Council of Israel Policy Forum.

Biography[edit]

Spector saw action in the Six-Day War, and was one of the pilots involved in the USS Liberty incident. He took part in Operation Rimon 20, an air battle between Israel and the Soviet Union during the War of Attrition, later fought in the Yom Kippur War, and participated in Operation Opera, Israel's 1981 bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor. During his service with the Israeli Air Force, Spector commanded 101 and 107 squadrons and both the air bases at Ramat David and Tel Nof. Spector shot down 12 enemy aircraft, eight while flying the Mirage III and four while flying the F-4 Phantom II.[1][2]

In 2003, Spector was one of 27 reserve pilots and former pilots exempt from reserve duty to sign "The pilots' letter" refusing to fly missions against targets in the West Bank and Gaza.[3][4]

Publications[edit]

  • Iftach Spector, Loud and Clear, Minneapolis, Zenith Press, 2009, 426 pp., ISBN 978-0-7603-3630-4 is his personal autobiography.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aloni, Shlomo (2004). Israeli Mirage and Nesher Aces. Osprey Publishing. p. 81. ISBN 1-84176-653-4. 
  2. ^ Aloni, Shlomo (2004). Israeli Phantom II Aces. Osprey Publishing. p. 86. ISBN 1-84176-783-2. 
  3. ^ David Rodman, 'Book Reviews', Israel Affairs, 16:2, 322–333.
  4. ^ Gideon Levy 'Lowest deeds from loftiest heights.' Haaretz 14 July 2014.