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  10/27/2011, Tishrei 29, 5772

Ramat David AFB to Become Ezer Weizmann AFB


The Air Force announced, Thursday, that its Ramat-David base will soon be named after former president and air force commander Ezer Weizmann, who commanded the base in the 1950's. During the British Mandate, the facility, near Kibbutz Ramat-David, southeast of Haifa in the Jezreel Valley, was a base for the Royal Air Force, in whose service he flew during the 1940's.

The nephew of Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first president, flew for Israel during the War of Independence. He also commanded the Chatzor base before being named Israel's sixth air force commander. Throughout his life he was associated with the air force.