Airborne, on the ground

Former IAF commander Dan Mokady has been collecting one vintage airplane after another. They will form Israel’s first civilian aircraft gallery.

By ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN/ISRAEL21C
January 7, 2011 01:26
3 minute read.
Dan Mokady in with his airplanes

Dan Mokady aviation gallery plane 521. (photo credit: abigail klein leichman/israel21c)

 
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Most days, the sky over Paradive on Habonim Beach, south of Haifa, is dotted with a colorful canopy of skydivers floating down to land. But not on Tuesdays. That’s when a crew of experts and interns arrives at this aerial reserve to rehabilitate the small vintage aircraft that Paradive owner Dan Mokady has bought or bartered for.

Over the past year, the former Israel Air Force deputy squadron commander has amassed one specimen after another as construction crews begin preparing an eight-meter-high complex to house what will be Israel’s first civilian aircraft gallery.

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