Israel: The Soviet Squadron

Over the Suez Canal one day last week, Israeli pilots angled in to shoot up Egyptian positions in what has become an almost daily operation. When the Egyptians retaliated by sending planes across the canal, Israeli antiaircraft gunners shot down one plane and an Israeli pilot bagged another. The two represented the 59th and 60th Israeli kills of Egyptian aircraft since the Six-Day War in 1967, against claimed Israeli losses on the Egyptian front of only eight of their own planes.

One reason for the uneven score may be what Israeli pilots proudly refer to...

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