Israel Defence Force (IDF)
- Flying School Advanced Training Squadron (FSATS or FTS) [Photos]
- #102 The Flying Tiger Squadron [Photos]
- #109 The Valley Squadron
- #110 The Knights Of The North Squadron
- #115 The Flying Dragon Squadron
- #116 The Flying Wing Squadron [Photos]
- #140 The Golden Eagle Squadron
- #141 The Battering Ram Squadron, Flying Ibex , Goring Ram, or Goring Deer.
- #143 The Smashing Parrot Squadron, Shattering Parrot, or Crushing Parrot.
Israeli Air Force Ayit (Skyhawk) Pilots KIA
Israel was the largest customer for export Skyhawks. A contract for 48 was signed 02 June 1966. The first four (A-4Hs) arrived in Israel by ship at the port of Haifa in 29 December 1967. The Skyhawks were down-graded, some avionics removed, and were re-designated A-4H. They first flew as "Ayits" on 01 January 1986 with #109 Squadron at Ramat David. Side Numbers assigned were 03, 05, 07, and 09. After the number of Skyhawks passed one-hundred; a third number was added to the front of the side numbers. The IDF Ayit (Eagle) became operational in 1968 and was used extensively in combat operations.
1971: "...the Skyhawk had proven to be so successful in Israeli service that it actually blurred the differences between "light" and "heavy" [attack]". Page 30 of "Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units In Combat" by Shlomo Aloni.
AUG 1971: "Crystal" were upgraded A-4E and A-4H aircraft with higher rated engines, improved heads-up display, and improved weapons/navigation systems which brought them to an A-4N standard..
08 DEC 2004:
Advanced Israel Air Force A-4 Performs its Inaugural Flight!
Y2004: RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. announced that the first upgraded Israel Air Force (IAF) A-4 "Ayit" had successfully completed its first flight. The A-4 "Ayit" is the IAF's advanced trainer. The upgraded aircraft has new electronics and the upgrade program was to be completed by the third quarter of 2005. 26 A-4N, 4 TA-4H, and 18 TA-4J aircraft were upgraded.
Per Defense Industry Daily 03-Aug-2009 :
"storied land-based career with the Israeli Air Force, who used this simple, pilot-friendly aircraft from late 1967 onward as a versatile attack aircraft with surprising air-air teeth"
"The "Ayit" was a much-beloved jet in the Israeli Air Force. The little A-4 agility coupled with an equally surprising ability to take battle damage, made it a popular and reliable choice over several wars. The type was used heavily in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the Israeli fleet took correspondingly heavy loses: of 102 aircraft lost, 53 were Ayits. That war was not without its moments of distinction. In one engagement, an Israeli A-4 Ayit found itself facing 3 MiG-21s. The maneuverable little A-4 turned on them and brought 2 of them down, and was reportedly on the 3rd Fishbed's tail when an IAF Mirage IIIC zipped through and blasted the MiG out of the sky."
Skyhawk Deliveries to Israel:
Updated 11 DEC 2017 (twidget)
A-4E/F former USA Skyhawks:
Skyhawk Loses (100+)
- 29JAN68: A-4H #07, 109 SQ Ya'acov Agassi POW
- Skyhawk Losses All Causes
- 31MAY07: A-4N #401, 102 SQ Pilot survived
Skyhawk Sales (50):
1980: 14 A-4E Sold to Indonesia
1980: 2 TA-4H Sold to Indonesia (BuNo 157429 and 157430)
1981: 1 A-4E Sold to Indonesia BuNo151189 which became TT-0441.
1982: 16 A-4E Sold to Indonesia
2000: 4 A-4N (305, 335, 373) Sold to BAE Systems
2001: 10 A-4N (321, 344, 413, ?) Sold to ATSI in USA
2001: 2 TA-4F (748, 749) Sold to ATSI in USA
(Note: These 3 T-birds were never used by IDF and another listing shows them as TA-4Js #747,748,749.)
2001: 1 TA-4J (251) Sold to ATSI in USA
Skyhawk for Israel, 159805 (c/n 14504, IDF/AF 305) has civilian number N431FS reserved for it.
159815 (c/n 14514, IDF/AF 373) has civilian number N434FS reserved for it.
159823 (c/n 14522, IDF/AF) now has civilian number N264WL reserved for it.
Reported Skyhawk retirements:
10 A-4s to the target range.
IAF Museums; A-4E #885, A-4E #891, A-4F #611, A-4H #222, A-4H #230, A-4H #261, A-4H #270, A-4N #230, A-4N #379, TA-4J #747 and #328 at the Ramat David display.
Retired at Hatzerim
Retired at Hatzerim Pic1
Retired at Hatzerim Pic2
Retired at Hatzerim Pic3
Retired at Hatzerim Pic4
"A number of A-4E/H/N aircraft are currently stored at Ovda Air Base, some planes have been used as electronic warfare support aircraft, others have been sold or leased to contractors like ATAC, and as noted earlier, the “Flying Tigers” of 102 Squadron at Hatzerim Air Base still use their A-4Ns and 2-seat TA-4Js for advanced IAF pilot training."<
13 DEC 2015: IAF retires Skyhawk after 48 years in service. (Yoav Zitun. Published: 12.13.15, Israel News)
IN the past, in-service with IAF as front-line a/c:
- PDF on Israeli AHIT
- "Boom" Powell
- Amos Dor (Flying-Wing Squadron)
- Todd Frommelt
- REF: Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units In Combat by Shlomo Aloni. (Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 81) first printed 2009. ISBN 13;978 1 84603 430 5
- REF: Skyhawks over Israel by Marco Pennings.