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Israel Hopes to Manufacture Planes; Starts Producing Spare Parts

The Bedek aircraft maintenance shop at Lydda airport, which until now has repaired and maintained Israeli and foreign-owned planes, will shortly begin the manufacture of spare parts, the management announced today.

Eventually, the announcement said, Bedek hopes to manufacture planes locally. For the time being, it will make its own parts and then, with a combination of locally made and imported parts, will assembly new planes. Independent manufacture will be the final stage in the projected expansion.

At present, the plant is completing its first major construction order from abroad, the rebuilding of three cargo planes for an American company.