The Israel Air Force (IAF) began its annual Independence Day flyover on Thursday morning as a salute to the State of Israel and its citizens.
For a period of about 2 hours, Israel's citizens from all over the country will be able to watch several types of planes and helicopters fly in an airshow.
The flyover will include Beechcraft surveillance planes, Hercules cargo planes, C-130s, air-to-air refueling vehicles, various types of F-16s, and F-15s, alongside attack helicopters.
The IAF aircraft will fly over 45 cities across Israel. They took off from Ramat David Air Force Base in the Jezreel Valley at 9:40am. The fly-over arrived in Haifa at around 9:50am, flew over Tel Nof at around 11:55am, and reached Tel Aviv by 12:10pm. The planes will finish their grand tour around Israel by flying over Sacher Park in Jerusalem at 2pm.
A separate fly-over in southern Israel began at 11:25am. Three Fighting Falcon F-16 A/B aircraft and three Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master planes will fly over Eilat, Yotvata, Sde Boker, Mitzpe Ramon, and Tze'elim, among many other communities.