Missions

  • SkyKnight Presents: IAF-Part 14: “Sharp & Smooth” SkyKnight Presents: IAF-Part 14: “Sharp & Smooth”
    During the 2006 Lebanon War, Operation Sharp & Smooth was an IDF Special Forces raid on a hospital in the city of Baalbek, which was being used as a Hezbollah HQ. The hospital was one of several facilities the IDF suspected may have been used to treat or hold two Israeli soldiers abducted in an ambush that sparked the conflict.
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  • Rico Presents: IAF-Part 13: “The Francop Affair” Rico Presents: IAF-Part 13: “The Francop Affair”
    Fast forward 10 years to 2006. Conflict with Hezbollah rages on into its third decade, with no end in sight.  Lebanon is the battlefield.  On the eve of what is about to become the 2nd Lebanon War, Israel has begun Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) and enacted a blockade of Lebanon to its north & Gaza to its south in an effort to slow the flow of weapons into these areas. Search & Seizure missions are commonplace, and involve the Israeli Shayetet 13 (S13) force (equivalent to US Navy SEALs), working closely with 193rd helicopter squadron.
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  • SkyKnight Presents: IAF-Part 12: “Grapes of Wrath” SkyKnight Presents: IAF-Part 12: “Grapes of Wrath”
    In response to the heightened tension, due to Hezbollah’s incessant rocket attacks on the northern cities of Israel, Prime Minister Shimon Peres launches Operation "Grapes of Wrath" on April 11, 1996. The Israeli Air Force conducted more than 1,100 air raids over a 16-day period, seeking to destroy the Katyusha launchers, ammunition stores, infrastructure and terrorist hubs of activity.
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  • Rico Presents: IAF-Part 11: <br>“1982 Lebanon War Pt.2” Rico Presents: IAF-Part 11:
    “1982 Lebanon War Pt.2”
    Yesterday, the 90th Israeli Division pushed north into the Bekaa Valley in an effort to cut the Beirut-Damascus road and deny the PLO any Syrian assistance. During the course of the day they reached the village of Sultan Yakoub, where the entire Israeli 362nd Regiment and a company from the 363rd were then encircled by a strong Syrian counterattack. This has left the commander of the 90th division, General Lev, no option but to give up ground and break out from Sultan Yakoub village.
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  • Rico Presents: IAF-Part 10: <br>“1982 Lebanon War” Rico Presents: IAF-Part 10:
    “1982 Lebanon War”
    The Palestinian Liberation Organization has been a thorn in Israel's side for many years now, as nothing more than terrorists who target innocents. Foreign attempts to keep Israel from attacking the PLO have been heeded... until now. With Syria blatantly backing them, and PLO attacks increasing, the time has come for Israel to strike back. We will attack north into Lebanon along coastal roads, inland into the Bekaa Valley and through an amphibious assault south of Beirut.
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  • SkyKnight Presents: IAF-Part 9: “Operation Opera” SkyKnight Presents: IAF-Part 9: “Operation Opera”
    Col Jaber, head of Iraqi Western Air Defense is in shock. His jaw drops, mouth gaping open as he cannot believe what he is seeing. Eight F-16s painted sand-colored desert camouflage flying in a single-file attack formation at rooftop level hurtles over the outskirts of Baghdad. They bank hard right, slicing white tendrils of vapor in the sky. One at a time they light their afterburners. The crack of jet thunder has people all over Baghdad glancing up, as the jets instantly vault upward on tails of orange fire. Their wings wear the white roundel and blue Star of David. The Israelis are here.
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  • SkyKnight Presents: “IAF-Part 8: Raid on Entebbe” SkyKnight Presents: “IAF-Part 8: Raid on Entebbe”
    On June 27, 1976 an Air France airliner was hijacked enroute from Israel to Paris, and diverted to Entebbe, Uganda. In response, Israel mounted a daring rescue mission on July 4 using C-130 transports carrying over 100 IDF commandos and escorted by Phantom jet fighters. After flying some 2,500 miles from Israel to Uganda, the Israeli force rescued the hostages within an hour after landing. It was the most daring rescue mission of a generation, that would restore morale for the country and go on to shape modern Israel.
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