(photo credit: Jpost TV)
Graduates of the IAF's 161st Pilot Course received their wings at a December 30, 2010 ceremony at the southern Hatzerim Air Force Base in the presence of President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
The graduating class -which includes two female fighter pilots and a
flight navigator - were praised by IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen.
Gabi Ashkenazi. He stressed the need for a ''strategically superior''
air force in the face of emerging threats in the region.
The ceremony, attended by several thousand family members and guests,
included a number of fly-overs showcasing older Israeli planes, in
addition to aerial demonstrations by state-of-the-art Israeli aircraft.
According to the IDF, 15% of those graduating the rigorous, 36-month
course hail from foreign countries.