Among the young officers who received their pilot’s wings on Thursday, 19 Tammuz 5773 were a number of Shomer Shabbat pilots. They were among the graduates of the Israel Air Force’s Flying Academy Class 166.
Giving a boost to the dati leumi camp is the fact that 13% of the graduates were in Bnei Akiva and 16% in the Israel Scouts. 54% live in cities, 35 from yishuvim, and 10% from moshavim. 35% of the new pilots live in northern Israel. There are no females among the graduates.
Three of the graduates were talmidim in hesder yeshivot and five attended IDF preparatory yeshivot.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem / Photo: IDF Spokesman)