This Day in Jewish History, 1948 First Batch of Smuggled Spitfires Takes Off for Israel

At the height of the War of Independence, shackled by embargo, Israel managed to buy 50 Spitfire jets from Czechoslovakia. Now they had to reach Israel.

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On September 27, 1948, the second and most dangerous phase of Operation Velvetta I took place when the fledgling Israel Air Force overcame an international arms embargo and smuggled a first batch of Spitfire...