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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 11.06.11 | 16:31 (IDT)

    There is a lot not in this brief article. Mr, Schwimmer working with Ivin Shindler, arranged the purchase and modification to commercial standards 3 C-69 Constellations and 10 C-46 cargo aircraft though Service Airways. Moved through the a Panamanian front LAPSA airlines the aircraft carried Israel's first fighters from Czechoslovakia to Israel. The air bridge they flew was essential in Israel's survival. Mr. Schwimmer was also involved in flying Israel's first bombers, 3 B-17s across the atlantic and to Zatec Czechoslovakia thence to Israel. Mr. Schwimmer was instrumental in giving Israel wings and recruiting many of the men who flew for Israel in the War of independence and later El Al.

    from the article: Al Schwimmer, founder of Israel Aircraft Industries, dies at 94
    First published 13:52 11.06.11 | Last updated 13:52 11.06.11
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