Week on the web 4 March

While the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows display team showed off new tail livery to celebrate its 50th display season, safety and operations editor David Learmount recalled their predecessor – the Black Arrows team of 16 Hawker Hunters (pictured). As he notes on his blog, Learmount: “They were good, too.” Also good are Israeli Defence Forces paratroopers, vital in special operations. As our man in Tel Aviv, Arie Egozi, notes on Ariel View, a special parachuting zone has been inaugurated at Nevatim airbase to reduce flight times, cut training costs and strengthen ties between ground forces and the IAF at the home of Israel’s Lockheed Martin C-130s. The new zone will be called “Machbesh” (Hebrew for steamroller), named after the parachuting operation executed at the Mitla Pass during the Sinai campaign in 1956.

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