zaterdag 2 februari 2013

We Remember: Col. Ilan Ramon

10 years ago today, Israel's first astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon perished alongside six other crew members in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident.

In 1981 he was the youngest pilot taking part in Operation Opera, Israel's strike against Iraq's unfinished Osiraq nuclear reactor. The facility was destroyed. Bombing Osiraq reactor

Nose of F-16A flown by Ilan Ramon in Operation Opera, showing the triangular emblem of the attack on Osirak, and a Syrian Air Force roundel 'killmark'.