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Historic mission: First jets kill over Israel
After IDF attacks on terrorists bases (Fedayoon) in the Gaza strip on August 1955, the EAF start penetrating the aerial borders of Israel. On September 1, 1955, a formations of four Vampires has crossed the border into Israel, northern to the Gaza Strip.
Captain Aharon Yoeli in a Meteor FR-9 (no. 36) and Captain Yoash Tzidon his wingman, from the 117 first jet squadron, were inside the cockpit, on the runway of Hatzor AB, in an intercept standby.
As soon as the aerial control unit has identified the invasion, the two Meteors were scrambled. They were vectored into an intercept course with the approaching EAF Vampires.
During the airfight that follows, over the Mediterranean Sea coast, near Ashkelon, two Vampires were killed by Aharon Yoeli in Meteor 36.
The EAF command soon announced that, two Vampires on a training mission had mid air collision.
This was the first jet kill ever, by the Israeli Air Force, and the first air kill since the 1948 war of Independence.
IAF Meteor F-8
EAF Vampire FB52
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