Above and beyond – The birth of the Israeli Air Force via American volunteer pilots 

In 1948, a group of World War II Jewish American 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 Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day.

One of the pilots featured in this documentary, Lou Lenart was a friend of mine in Hollywood.  Sadley, he passed away a number of years ago…

JW

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