Last week, the IAF’s Transport Squadrons participated in the division’s annual competition, nicknamed the “Triathlon”. Under immense pressure and a tight schedule, the crews competed head to head, in order to prove which squadron is 2016’s winner

Zohar Boneh | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida

The first triathlon competition in the world, which included running, bicycling and swimming, was held in San Diego 42 years ago. Since then and to this day, the competition has gained momentum and has even become an official part of the Olympic Games. Last week, the IAF’s Transport Division held a different kind of triathlon, which added another realm to the interdisciplinary competition: the air.

The annual Transport Division competition, nicknamed the “Triathlon” was held in Nevatim AFB and transformed Nevatim and Sde-Dov AFBs runways into running tracks.

The Annual Transport Division “Triathlon”

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The Great Success: Working Beside Each Other
During the competition, all of the division’s squadrons competed head to head, including the light and heavy transport squadrons. “Every aircraft in the division performs different mission so it was difficult to create an equal competition”, shared Maj. Maor, Head of the Transport Exercise Department who was responsible for designing the competition. “In order to make the competition as fair as possible, we combined a large variety of mission so they would fit all of the platforms”.

The Annual Transport Division “Triathlon”

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Alongside the aerial missions that the squadrons competed in such as dropping supplies, aerial refueling of jet fighters, intelligence and surveillance missions and even landing in foreign airports, they also performed ground tests and were required to answer a theoretical test. “We were required to create maps in minutes, that usually take a long time to design and despite the time restraints, we were required to be extremely accurate”, shared Lt. Ori from the “Nachson” Squadron.

The Annual Transport Division “Triathlon”

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After a day of competitions and even though each squadron promised that it will win, the trophy was taken by the “Knights of the Yellow Bird” Squadron, which operated the “Karnaf” (Hercules C-130).
“Our greatest success was the mutual operation beside each other”, said Col. Amir, Sde-Dov AFB Commander. “In the daily routine we are in, the high-quality competition challenges us, emphasizes our ambition to win and strengthens the relationships inside the Transport Division”.