Israeli pilots took to the skies over the southern United States over the past
two weeks, flying alongside their American counterparts during the appropriately named “Southern Strike” exercise.
The exercise did not feature action-packed simulated dogfights or bombing runs,
but rather the less glamorous, but no less important, transport and logistical missions involving the Israeli Air Forces’s C-130 Hercules airplanes — both the older “Karnaf” model, and the new
“Shimshon” version which Israel received from Lockheed just last year.