In 1948, 5 Arab nations attacked the just declared nation of Israel.

And the IAF was born.

And the IAF was born.

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Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force


In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.

Above and Beyond is their story.

The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the War of Independence, Above and Beyond brings together new interviews with pilots from the ’48 War, as well as leading scholars and statesmen, including President Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day.

Above and Beyond is currently in production. It is produced by Nancy Spielberg and directed by Roberta Grossman.

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