TEL AVIV (May. 5)
Israel’s defense forces have acquired two of the fastest, most maneuverable military aircraft in the world–the French Super-Mystere jet fighter plane, and the French-built Vautoure bomber-fighter.
The new Super-Mystere jet fighters were flown over this city today, rehearsing for the big air show to be staged over Tel Aviv’s skies on May 13th, when the State’s eleventh anniversary will be celebrated here officially. The Vultures will be shown here at the same time.
Col. Ever Weizmann, son of the late President of Israel, commander of the Israel Air Force, said today that Israel’s newly-acquired French Super-Mysteries were capable of meeting the Russian-built MIG-17’s supplied by the Soviet Union to the United Arab Republic. The Russian MiG-17 fighter had been considered the best fighting plane in the Middle East until disclosure that Israel had the new French craft.
The MiG-17 is equipped with afterburners which give them exceptional speed. The Super-Mystery, a jet fighter developed after the Mystery IV, also has an afterburner, enabling it to reach the supersonic speed of 1,200 kilometers per hour. The MiG-17 was clearly superior to the Mystery-IV, although well-trained Israeli pilots fought successfully in the air against the MiG’s piloted by Arab fliers. Now, Israel has the new Super-Mystery, with air crews and ground crews ready and operational.