City slickers dominate flight school

Kibbutz residents, who once dominated the pilot's course, now lag behind.

December 23, 2006 23:09
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iaf fighter jets 88 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Residents of Kibbutzim again took the last place among graduates of this winter's prestigious Israeli Air Force Pilot's Course who will receive their wings in a festive ceremony this Thursday. 11 percent of the graduates were religious. While members of Kibbutzim once dominated the course - one of the most difficult to graduate in the IDF - in this winter's course they made up a mere nine percent. 52 percent were from cities and 13 percent from Moshavim and the rest from other communities and villages. IAF sources said that the statistics were consistent over the past few years with Kibbutznikim taking the last place among graduates. The leading cities were Yavneh and Reut which each have four graduates in the course. Three of the airmen are from Jerusalem and two from Tel Aviv. Two of the graduates were born outside of Israel - one in the United States and one in Argentina. There is also one female graduate Lt. D., who will become the first female airborne technical coordinator for IAF transport aircraft.

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