Eilat and the Negev Sights

Israel Air Force Museum

  • Rte. 2357 Map It
  • Beersheva

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

For plane lovers, this is a field of dreams. Housed on the Hatzerim Air Force Base, this open-air museum has more than a hundred airplanes and helicopters parked in rows. The fighter, transport, and training (plus a few enemy) aircraft tell the story of Israel's aeronautic history, from the Messerschmitt—obtained in 1948 from Czechoslovakia, and one of four such planes to help halt the Egyptian advance in the War of Independence—to the Kfir, the first fighter plane built in Israel. Young Air Force personnel lead tours that take about 90 minutes and include a movie shown in an air-conditioned Boeing 707 used in the 1977 rescue of Israeli passengers held hostage in a hijacked Air France plane in Entebbe, Uganda. Another attention-getting display is a shiny, black Supermarine Spitfire with a red lightning bolt on its side, flown by Ezer Weizmann, the IAF's first pilot and later president of Israel. The museum also houses an antiaircraft exhibit and a rare collection of historical and instructive films. Tours are available in English, French, and Russian.

Sight Information

Address:

Hatzerim Air Force Base, Rte. 2357, Beersheva, Southern District, Israel

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Phone:

08-990–6855

Sight Details:

  • NIS 30
  • Sun.–Thurs. 8–4:30, Fri. 8–11:30 am

Published 03/07/2016

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