In the late 1990s a group of overseas volunteers were sitting on an IDF-chartered coach in the midst of transport from Ben Gurion International Airport to an IDF/Army base. One occupant spotted jet aircraft in the distance which were seemingly paralleling the wheeled transport vehicle as it neared the destination. Over the course of ensuing days, mixed with the occasional rattle of small arms fire originating at the adjacent female basic training facility, General Dynamic F-16s periodically raced low overhead while on approach to a nearby IDF/Israel Air Force (IAF) airfield. As each successive “Netz” or “Barak” model swiftly passed close above one could readily sense the skill and professionalism of the pilots within the fighters’ cockpits.
It is the IAF’s historical legacy and a visual record that Donald J. McCarthy, Jr., faithfully produces in his compact hardback book titled The Sword of David: The Israeli Air Force at War. Along with reviews of successive IAF planes, pilots and battles are black and white and color photographs of men and flying machines. Notably, a number of these images have not been published in other works.
The Sword of David: The Israeli Air Force at War is a welcome and useful addition to any aviation aficionado’s personal library. Mr. McCarthy’s 160-page volume is published by Skyhorse Publishing. The publication carries a date of May 20, 2014, and is assigned ISBN-10 designation 162873731X and ISBN-13 registration 978-1628737318.
Donald J. McCarthy, Jr. is also the author of MiG Killers, Those Who Were There: Ninety-Two True Stories of Combat Missions Flown Over North Vietnam, and USAF F-4 and F-105 MiG Killers of the Vietnam War 1965–1973. Mr. McCarthy is a USAF veteran, having served during the period of 1964 to 1968. Afterward, he was a member of the Connecticut National Guard for eleven years and subsequently became a criminal investigator for the Waterford Police Department. He still resides in Connecticut.