The IDF celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, May 12, by holding a variety of celebratory and educational events, many of which will be open to the public.
In honor of the holiday, private citizens are invited to visit many IDF bases throughout Israel. Bases of the various commands will held exhibitions featuring their vehicles and other technology. Additionally, the Ground Forces will display its different branches and the technologies they use - including tanks, artillery and camouflage means – in a multi-corps exhibition at the historic site of Latrun.
The Israel Air Force will wish Israel a happy Independence Day with its traditional fly-over on Tursday, May 12. The event, will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., featured F-16, F-16i, and F-15i fighter jets, as well as transport planes and helicopters. The aircraft flew over Israel’s largest cities, as well as many smaller communities.
Additionally, the IAF will open several of its main bases to the public. The Hatzerim, Ramat David and Tel Nof airbases and the Air Force’s technical school held presentations featuring a variety of aircraft used by the IAF in the past and in the present. The Air Force will display some of its weaponry and search and rescue equipment.
The Air Force Museum at Hatzerim (near Beer Sheva) will be opene, holding demonstration flights of aircraft from the 1950s, a concert of the Air Force’s band and a presentation of 150 aircraft from throughout the history of the IAF. The museum will feature a variety of activities for children.
The Navy also will open its Eilat base to the public in honor of Independence Day. An exhibition there will feature various ground and maritime forces that operate in southern Israel, including Magen David Adom as well as military and police forces. The Navy’s base in Haifa will screene movies on the history of immigration to pre-state Israel during the British Mandate, as well as films about its various seacraft.