After 40 years of service and over a decade since retirement, the Israeli Air Force decided to scrap the old McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jets.

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Over 50 years since arriving in Israel for the first time, and over a decade since retiring from service, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) decided to get rid of its old McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter-bomber jets.

The jets were offered for sale to air forces around the world but after nobody wanted them, it was decided to scrap them for 40,000 shekels per jet (approximately 11,000 dollars).

The legendary Phantom

The legendary Phantom Photo credit: Ofer Zidon/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

The Phantom jets were first brought to Israel in 1969. Over the years, 216 of its kind served in 5 different IAF squadrons. Until the advanced F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, the Phantom was the IAF’s principle fighter jet and took part in historic operations.

The 2-seat aircraft was the backbone of the IAF during the War of Attrition, destroyed hundreds of enemy planes and participated in a variety of secret operations. The Yom Kippur War highlighted its capabilities. During the war, the Phantom jets carried out over 500 attacks deep in enemy territory, including the famous attack on the Syrian General Staff Headquarters.