IAF, Navy carry out celebratory Independence Day shows

May 10, 2011 12:28

Dozens of planes, ships take part in demonstrations seen along Mediterranean coast; El Al dedicates air show to captured soldiers.

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independence day air show_521. (photo credit:Ariel Jerozolimski)

The IAF and Navy held celebratory demonstrations in the air and the sea to celebrate 63 years since the State of Israel's establishment.

The special Independence Day air show could bee seen along Israel's Mediterranean coast.

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The largest naval demonstration to date departed from Herzliya Marina in conjunction with the Navy and the Ministry of Environment. Dozens of private ships joined the naval ships under the banner "Think green, sail blue."

El Al Israel Airlines also commemorated Israel's 63rd birthday on Tuesday with a memorable annual air show.

The air show was dedicated to captured Israeli soldiers Gilad Schalit and Ron Arad as well as to all the fallen Israeli soldiers.

Special messages were painted on to each of the four El Al aircraft that took part in the show named Jerusalem, Sderot, Daliat al Carmel, and Deganiya.

"We are all with the families of Israel's fallen soldiers," one of the messages read. Other messages included "We are all with Gilad Schalit" and "We are all with Ron Arad" as well as "We are all with the families of the captured and missing soldiers."

The aircraft traveled south along the Mediterranean Coast from Nahariya to Ashdod led by a 747-400 jumbo and EL AL fleet manager, Captain Tal Becker.

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