Photo Credit: Meir Vaknin / Flash 90
Israeli Air Force aerobatic team flies over Ramat David Airbase near Haifa, during the 70th Independence Day, April 19, 2018

Israelis across the country raised their eyes to the heavens on Thursday starting at around 10:40 am till well into the early afternoon, depending on where in Israel they were located, for this year’s aerial Independence Day extravaganza.

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Every Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Independence Day) the Israeli Air Force sends up its best fighter pilots to perform a special air show and flyover for the entire country.

The show features a range of aircraft from the start of the state through the decades, including acrobatic planes and modern fighter jets. This year, aircraft from a number of allied nations also joined those of the Jewish State for the special performance.

The show lasts around 45 minutes and passes over nearly all Israeli towns and cities from north to south and parts in between.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.