IAI Lavi (Lion) -- multi-billion $ fighter aircraft project developed by Israeli government in the '80s, canceled due to lack of funds and to the pressures of US administration (it was a potential competitor for the export of F-16). Lavi was plenty of groundbreaking technologies developed by Israeli engineers. Many of the Lavi's sub-systems and components continued to be developed by the Israeli aerospace industry and are nowadays available in the defense marketplace as separate systems.

Which, curiously enought, would help to give birth to the first fully indigenous chinese fighter jet, the Chengdu

Rare photo two LAVI prototypes flying together. Greatest fighter never built

Rare photo two LAVI prototypes flying together. Greatest fighter never built

F-15I Ra'am

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The Black Spitfire

After a four year absence and a very detailed overhaul process, last May the "Black Spitfire of Ezer Weizman", the oldest, most famous of Israeli airplanes, returned to the skies.

An F-35B test aircraft is cleared for short takeoff from the deck of the USS Wasp on Aug. 20, 2013. A helicopter supporting ship operations is in the background.

An test aircraft is cleared for short takeoff from the deck of the USS Wasp on Aug. A helicopter supporting ship operations is in the background.

ISRAELI AIR FORCE | Colonel Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein  |  Epstein not only holds the world record for jet aircraft shot down, but also the most aircraft of any type shot down since the Korean War. After an amazing 35 year career of flying operational fighters, Colonel Giora Epstein retired in 1998 just shy of his 60th birthday. Epstein went on to fly for Israel's El-Al airlines.

ISRAELI AIR FORCE | Colonel Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein | Epstein not only holds the world record for jet aircraft shot down, but also the most aircraft of any type shot down since the Korean War. After an amazing 35 year career of flying operational fighters, Colonel Giora Epstein retired in 1998 just shy of his 60th birthday. Epstein went on to fly for Israel's El-Al airlines.

Israel Aerospace Industries / IAI-Lavi-B-2-hatzerim : Israel

Israel Aerospace Industries / IAI-Lavi-B-2-hatzerim : Israel

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