IAF pilots Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser were buried on
Wednesday, the day after their Cobra helicopter crashed outside Kibbutz Revadim,
east of Ashdod.
During the ceremony for Ron at the Ramat Hasharon
military cemetery, Ron’s brother Yoni read a letter that Noam had written years
earlier and kept locked at his base, in the event he would die.
are reading these words, it probably means something happened to me.
always hoped that if I would die – at least it would be for an important
purpose, while carrying out the duties that I love, and this is probably what
happened. Try to do all that you can to return the happiness to your
The note left by Ron, whose younger brother Ayal died in a hiking
accident 16 years earlier, also read: “I’m going to meet Ayal. For you this will
be a second blow, and I sympathize with you.”
Ron’s daughter Nofer said,
“Daddy, I’m writing but I can’t actually believe this.
You were the best
father I could have asked for, a role model to be proud of. There is no one who
knows me that hasn’t heard of you. You are part of every day of my life, and
it’s impossible to picture a moment without you.”
Hours before Ron’s
funeral, his co-pilot, Flekser, a 31- year-old father of a fourmonth- old, was
buried at the military cemetery in Herzliya.
Army Radio quoted a pilot
named “M,” who was Flekser’s guide during flight school, who said of Flekser:
“Erez was an introverted man who succeeded at everything. Maybe because he was
introverted, we didn’t always notice him... In the squadron, when they say “he
was a special man, I don’t know what this refers to if not to Erez.”