Israeli Air Force pilots soared through the skies at midday on Israel's 62nd birthday, visiting communities throughout the Jewish State from north to south. Parachute planes, helicopters and jets flew in formation over small communities and large cities alike, as children below gazed at the sunlight glinting off the wings nearly touching each other in the tight formation.
The IAF held five different air shows around the country to the delight of young and old alike.
The shows began at the Ramat Air Force base with celebratory maneuvers, and moved to a special show over the President's residence in Jerusalem just before noon. In Tel Aviv, the planes flew above the Opera tower after leaving Jerusalem.
Another air show was scheduled for 1:40 PM to 2:00 PM at the Tel Nof Air Force Base, and at 2:10 PM over the Air Force Base museum premises.
The Navy also joined the celebration with special events beginning in the morning at the Carmel Beach, and then at noon at Herzliyah Beach. Another show was scheduled for approximately 1:00 PM at Tel Aviv Beach, then along the coast of Ashdod at 2:00 PM. The final show was on the beach in Ashkelon at 2:30 PM.
The IDF also offered special events to the public, opening the Naval bases at the Haifa and Ashdod ports, as well as the IAF base at Ramat David and Tel Nof. Also open were the Air Force Technology College, and the Air Force Museum at Hatzerim.