Fighter Jets Over Auschwitz IAF Commander Talks About a Mission That Shaped Israel's Future Decisions

The Israel Air Force's flyby over the death camp in September 2003 has proved to be of tremendous significance for the military. Eshel and others involved in Flight 301 discuss the mission's implications and why they're haunted by a flight that never actually occurred.

Flight 301 was one of the most unusual operations ever carried out by the Israel Air Force. Almost exactly 10 years ago, on September 4, 2003, three F15 planes took off from the Radom-Sadkow military airfield in Poland and flew 200 kilometers southwest. In stormy weather, they passed over a series of sleepy Polish villages until they reached Oswiecim. After turning west, they descended from an altitude of 10,000...