During the evening, four movies depicted the early days of the air force, when only four squadrons were in active duty: The “elephants”, the “hammers”, the “First Combat Squadron” and the “flying Camel”. Between the screenings, the audience was entertained by the IDF Orchestra conducted by Lt. Col Michael (Mishka) Ya’aran, and the Air force band.
“In 1948, the air force had less people than present here at today’s event”, said the head of the air force foundation, an ex-IAF commander, Maj. Gen. (in reserve) Avihu Ben-Nun. To the 2000 people who attended the event. “Thankfully, there are still quite a few people who can tell what it was like in the early days”.
The event was adorned by a historic Spitfire air craft, and a “Barak” jet (F-16).
“I think we can agree on two facts when concluding the 60 years of IAF’s history”, said Maj. Gen. Nehushtan: “The first, is that the IAF history is remarkable by all counts, and the second is that many challenges still lie ahead. We miss our friend Ron Arad (a navigator who is MIA since 1986). We are doing everything we can to get him back, and are hoping to hear about him in the near future”.