Hundreds of thousands of Israelis lifted their eyes to the skies Tuesday to catch a glimpse of the Israel Air Force's annual Independence Day flyover.
Ynet photographer Ido Erez hopped aboard one of the IAF's Lockheed C-130 Hercules planes – also known as the 'rhinoceros' – and filmed an aerial display which included the brand new Super Hercules Samson plane fly above Jerusalem, Haifa and the Negev. See Israel from the skies.
|IAF's annual Independence Day flyover (Video: Ido Erez)|
In addition to the Super Hercules, or C-130J-30, the flyover displayed the Sea Stallion Sikorsky helicopter, Beechcraft King Air planes, Gulfstream V planes, as well as a Boeing 707 which performed a mid-air refueling on an F-15 which flew in formation with two additional jets of the same make.
Flyover passes over Knesset in Jerusalem (Photo: Reuters) Photo: Reuters IAF display passes Tel Aviv (Photo: Motti Kimchi) (Photo: Motti Kimchi) Inside the flyover (Photo: Ido Erez) (Photo: Motti Kimchi) Boeing 707 performs mid-air refueling on F-15 (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The show's concluded with a an impressive display by five F-16s which were joined by F-16C and F-16D jets.
Bird's eye view of Israel (Photo: Ido Erez) IAF Aerobatic Team above Tel Aviv (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The IAF Aerobatic Team performed their aerial display across Tel Aviv's shore line.