Israeli Air Force officer, 105 years old, promoted to Colonel

The IDF said in a statement that Alex Ziloni has given “many decades of dedication to the State of Israel.”

American pilots who volunteered for Israel during the 1948 War of Independence. (photo credit: JNS)
American pilots who volunteered for Israel during the 1948 War of Independence.
(photo credit: JNS)
Heads of the Israeli Air Force on Friday promoted Alex Ziloni, one of its founding members, in light of his contributions to the development of the military in general, and the air force in particular, Algemeiner reported on Sunday.
The IDF said in a statement that Ziloni has given “many decades of dedication to the State of Israel.”
Ziloni originally immigrated to Israel from Poland at the age of five, going on to serve in the Royal Air Force during World War II. After the war ended, he worked on establishing the Israeli Air Force as the Jewish state embarked on the War of Independence in May 1948.
During the war, Ziloni negotiated with British officials to purchase 21 single-engine lightweight Auster planes.
Serving in the corps until 1960, Ziloni participated in air force operations in the 1956 Suez War, and retired with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, later going on to serve as a military attaché in Washington.