They will soon receive their flight wings and join the IDF’s elite aerial warriors. In the meantime, the IAF site brings you some statistics about the most recent class and answers all of the important questions: are aircrews mathematically inclined? Where are they from? And who is the graduate who comes from a family of 9 pilots?

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IAF Flight Academy class number 173 will begin the final stretch of their training this week and complete the grueling, three year-long journey that is flight school. The IAF site brings you the numbers behind the IAF’s future aircrews.

Meet the Graduates of Flight Course 173

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26% of the graduates completed their studies in the fighter division, 23% are fighter WSOs, 20% in the transport division, 15% in the transport helicopter division, 12% in the combat helicopter division and a single cadet will graduate as a flight engineer. The only female graduate, a former simulator instructor from Hatzor AFB, will completer her training as a fighter pilot.

Two of the graduates are not Israeli born, but made Aliyah from the U.S and Russia.
In the academic portion of the their studies, about 23% of the cadets chose to study Economics & Management, 25% studied Politics & Government, 27% of them studied Math & Computer Science and 25% studied Information Systems Engineering. Their degrees were completed under the guidance of lecturers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Meet the Graduates of Flight Course 173

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35% of the graduates have familial ties to the IAF. Nine of Lt. Yaakovy’s family members served in the IAF, eight of them as aircrew members. His uncle, Maj. Gen. (Res’) Nimrod Sheffer, served in a number of senior positions in the IAF and was the Head of the IDF Planning Directorate in his final position.

Meet the Graduates of Flight Course 173

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38% of the graduates are the eldest siblings, 43% are the youngest and 19% are middle children.

32% of the graduates play an instrument; these instruments include drums, violin, ukulele, guitar, trumpet and didgeridoo. 68% of the graduates participate in various kinds of sports such as: fishing, basketball, surfing, climbing, water polo, volleyball, Thai boxing, table tennis and hiking.

Most of the graduates are 22 years old, but the oldest graduate is 26 and formerly served as an operations officer in the Armored Corps.

Meet the Graduates of Flight Course 173

Photo by: Mor Tzidon