The Israeli Air Force will conduct on Thursday its annual Independence Day Salute with aerial performances and flyovers across the Jewish state.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 2:30 p.m., there will be a flyover of Tzofit, Karnaf, Shimshon, Itam, Shavit and Ram transport aircrafts; Sufa (F-16i), Barak (F-16), Buzz (F-15), and Skyhawk war planes; as well as Puffin helicopters.
The planes participating in the flyovers do pilot “tricks,” like turning over the plane in midflight, making 180 degree about faces, “dueling” with other planes, and more.
Meanwhile, the IAF's aerobotics team will showcase demonstrations over the Ramat David Airbase south of Haifa at 9:40 a.m., at the IAF's Technical School in Haifa at 9:50 a.m., the Tel Nof Airbase near Rehovot at 11:55 a.m., and off the Tel Aviv coast at 12:10 p.m.
At 1:35 p.m. a demonstration will take place over the Air Force Museum at Hatzerim, with the final aerobotic demonstration taking place over Gan Sacher in Jerusalem at 2:00 p.m.
The traditional flyover of IAF plane takes place in many cities across Israel, but has never occurred in Samaria, depriving those citizens of a treat other Israelis have enjoyed for years.
On Wednesday Deputy Samaria Council head Yossi Dagan appealed to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, asking him to "direct the Air Force to allow these citizens the opportunity to enjoy the flyover as well, so they can enjoy the show live, and not just on television.”