Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Air Force Museum

So this should have been posted last week:

Last Thursday I went to the Israeli Air Force Museum with three friends. We went to the Bus Station and got one of the best shwarmas I have had. The guy was amazing. It was a bit more expensive than I wanted, but it was worth the few extra shekels. After finding out that we'd have to wait an hour for a bus, we took a cab to the museum. It was about a 10 minute ride, just outside of Be'er Sheva.

The Air Force Museum was rather large. It told the history of the Israeli Air Force and had planes from around the world - France, USSR, England, United States, Israel, etc. They had some really awesome planes. They also had a museum that discussed ways in which pilots perform rescues. They had a section of anti-aircraft weaponry and a section on radar technology. There was a row of helicopters and a large old Boeing plane that was used to show a video of the Israeli Air Force in various wars. There were also a number of planes from Syria, Egypt, Iraq, etc. that Israel has captured, including one that was dual labeled for Israel and Syria. Remains of destroyed Egyptian planes from the 1967 Six Day War could be seen in a few locations.

Strangely, the Air Force Museum had a (fun) playground. They also had, for whatever reason, a bird zoo. I saw ostriches, peacocks, ducks, geese, an alpaca, and more. It was odd.

Check out pictures here.

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