A visit to an Israeli boneyard

Also the late cast mantlet (Saukopf) and extension for the driver.

And what giggling, pus dripping evil denizen of Pandaemonium possessed the vendors to sell the Syrians German armour to send against Israel?

Great to see pictures of them failed and derelict.
 
This from an aviation spotters forum:

“DYNAMO Going Around!” 2 minutes after flying over Tel Aviv coastline the “Re’em” called for missed approach and go around due to a strong tail wind. Full thrust is set and all four Pratt & Whitney JT3D engines are screaming so loud that everyone looks up and see the legendary Boeing 707-3J6C(KC) from the 120 Squadron "Desert Giants" (based at Nevatim AFB) fly around. The IAF is taking advantage of the decrease in civilian air traffic during the COVID crisis to train in the airspace of TLV. Not that common a sight (or sound).

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it's booty
During the torturous beginnings of UNTAC in May '92 we had occasion to wonder why the fuel inserted to the UN Fleet's Mi-17's at day's end upon return to Pochentong Airfield from taskings preparatory to the next day's, would have 'evaporated' overnight. It became blindingly clear one morning upon the RCAF rolling-out their [four] Mi-21's, lighting the wick and turning fuel into noisy black exhaust overhead for about 15 minutes or so, then return for tea and stickies, smiling ... happy that the benevolent UN was contributing to them maintaining their currency on type! The RCAF chaps were most aggrieved when we installed Ghanaian Battalion soldiers on overnight airfield/ramp security.
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ETA: late starter again ... aah, well, it keeps me off the streets.
 
As an aside, they kept the GP bomb stores for their MiGs, even though they have no means of delivering them.

The reason? They had assigned a cash value to the ammunition and had no way of deprecating/writing it off.

Same thing happened with a shedload of ZSU-57/2 ammunition that they had received from the GDR. The wall came down and the weapons were never delivered.
AhhYes [again, late I know, but there's just so much to absorb on 'ere ...] ... conveniently, directly across the ramp from their 'hangars', was their 'storage'/'ready-use' facility ... which was about 50m from where our rotary- and fixed-wing operations had to be based! Interesting days, indeed ...

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During the torturous beginnings of UNTAC in May '92 we had occasion to wonder why the fuel inserted to the UN Fleet's Mi-17's at day's end upon return to Pochentong Airfield from taskings preparatory to the next day's, would have 'evaporated' overnight. It became blindingly clear one morning upon the RCAF rolling-out their [four] Mi-21's, lighting the wick and turning fuel into noisy black exhaust overhead for about 15 minutes or so, then return for tea and stickies, smiling ... happy that the benevolent UN was contributing to them maintaining their currency on type! The RCAF chaps were most aggrieved when we installed Ghanaian Battalion soldiers on overnight airfield/ramp security.
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ETA: late starter again ... aah, well, it keeps me off the streets.
Cambodia and UNTAC in the early 90's - all sorts of interesting goings on. Do you remember the Indonesians guarding UNTAC HQ in PP clearing the fruit bats from the trees in the compound because they crapped on all the cars? The Indo's cleared them by firing into the air which did make the bats fly off but they all emptied themselves on takeoff and the mess was worse than before.
 
Cambodia and UNTAC in the early 90's - all sorts of interesting goings on. Do you remember the Indonesians guarding UNTAC HQ in PP clearing the fruit bats from the trees in the compound because they crapped on all the cars? The Indo's cleared them by firing into the air which did make the bats fly off but they all emptied themselves on takeoff and the mess was worse than before.
I told the Indons to catch and bake the little furry sods … they tasted faintly of mangoes … and poop!
 
No need for a country of origin ID when you have a radio aerial like that. :wink:
Too right … we supplied the Movement Control Group, comprised of 30 personnel (Army 16, Navy 7, RAAF 7), of whom Army and RAAF were Movements specialists various, and Navy were fast learners. Prior to our arrival early May to describe Transport operations as a “cluster” was being very supportive. Upon our arrival and the introduction (imposition?) of such oddities as forecasting, manifesting, flight-following/enroute coord, weight ‘n balance, convoy control etc we became quite unpopular initially, but eventually order and common-sense prevailed … altho’ the entrenched Air/Transport Operations Planning organisation continued to task assets with lines drawn on a wall-mounted chart using pencil, which they would erase/amend without informing us. All it took was a couple of the Head Scherangs‘ transport task to not eventuate soon stopped that little practice.
 
Oops. About a week ago, heavy rains in Israel's arid south and the consequent flash flood effect led to overflowing wadis and some hideously costly damage.
Correspondence has been leaked indicating that the local authority warned the air force of the potential problem back in 2013 but the airforce did not act on the warning.
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Aar, yeah, I know ... "late from the Antipodes" wakes-up again!
 
You on WA time? Welcome to the future!
I wish! Stuck in southern coastal cockeroach country, desperately avoiding the Lurgi-ridden/spreading masses … the only consolation is that no-one’s whingeing about me being an anti-social Old F4rt now.
 
I wish! Stuck in southern coastal cockeroach country, desperately avoiding the Lurgi-ridden/spreading masses … the only consolation is that no-one’s whingeing about me being an anti-social Old F4rt now.

Haha! I'm the same. Family has been making fun of me for years. Now everyone lives like me, wash their hands as often as i do, use sanitiser and avoid people like the, well, PLAGUE!
 
A nice video of the IDF Centurion upgrade being introduced to the international press in 1973:

Israeli tank film with Spanish sub-titles? Sacre bleu!
Like the sound of the motor, I'm filled with horror at the thought of an all electric tank.
 
Israeli tank film with Spanish sub-titles? Sacre bleu!
Like the sound of the motor, I'm filled with horror at the thought of an all electric tank.

Well using DC brushless motors in the Merkava instead of hydraulics served to greatly reduce fire risk.
The motors were designed and manufactured in Israel, also by a friend of mine, who took my kids and I on a tour of the factory.
 
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Well using DC brushless motors in the Merkava instead of hydraulics served to greatly reduce fire risk.
The motors were designed and manufactured in Israel, also by a friend of mine, who took my kids and I on a tour of the factory.
I was thinking of the main propulsion, no more throaty roar of an infernal combustion engine.
 

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