Israel Aircraft Industries
Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) was founded in 1953 as the Bedek Aviation Company in order to maintain Israel Defense Forces (IDF) aircraft. In 1959 Bedek began manufacturing its first aircraft, a V-tailed twin-jet trainer of French design, the Fouga Magister. A French embargo led to IAI developing its own fighter aircraft, a derivative of the Mirage 5 called the IAI Nesher ("Eagle"), in 1968. The first aircraft to be fully designed and built by IAI, the IAI Arava STOL (short take-off and landing) transport aircraft, first flew in 1969. The IAI Kfir ("lion cub") was developed as a result of Israel's need to adapt the Dassault Mirage III to the specific requirements of the Israeli Air Force. n 1969 IAI acquired North American Rockwell's Jet Commander series of business aircraft. This became the basis for the IAI Westwind line. In 2006, IAI changed its corporate name from "Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd." to "Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd."
US Marines IAI F-21A Kfir
Israel Aircraft Industries IAI F-21A "Kfir", Bu.# 999705, VMFT-401(R) "Snipers".
Photo @ MCAS Yuma,...
Seen here at Paris Air Show 2011, this one is built by Israelian Aircraft Industries.
Kestrel Aviation IAI Westwind 1124 aircraft VH-ZYH spotted at Coburg on 20 April 2010.
Photo of Pel-Air Aviation's IAI Westwind aircraft VH-NGA spotted at Sydney, Australia on 12 Septembe...