Air Enthusiast 2007-05
S.Aloni - Hugo, Oz and the Five Giants /Air forces/
IAI maintainers in front of Anak 097 on February 16, 1976, with one of the Boeing 707 Re'em fleet that was the Anak successor in Squadron 120 service seen in the background.
The Anak fleet began flying overseas flights in December 1962 when the Giants were still in PanAm livery. Anak 96, 4X-FOD, during an overseas flight to France.
The swing tail Giants at IAI with Anak 10 4X-FPV demonstrating the capability to load a bulldozer.
Only Anak 97 4X-FPY 'Massada' retained the original Stratocruiser tail section and received only minor modifications to suit the military airlift mission.
Anak 15 at Oakland in the US being prepared fr the ferry flight to Israel as 4X-FOF.
Three Anaks staged a formation flypast during the Israeli Independence Day on April 16, 1964.
Formal IDF/ADF research reports 26 air-dropping supplies sorties during the Six Day War but available documentation only covers 15 such missions flown by the four C-97 tail-equipped Giants: Anak 10, 15, 96 and 98.
All four active Boeing 377s participated in the Israeli Independence Day flypast on May 7, 1973 along with two KC-97s (Anak 30 4X-FPP and Anak 38 4X-FPU) and two C-130s (102 4X-FBA and 106 4X-FBB).
IAI maintainers in front of Anak 097 on February 16, 1976, with one of the Boeing 707 Re'em fleet that was the Anak successor in Squadron 120 service seen in the background.
IAI utilized Anak 15 as a 'flying wind tunnel' to test the configuration of a tri-jet bizjet, development of which was terminated in May 1963.
Anak 97 4X-FPY 'Massada' in pristine condition during an aircraft exhibition at Tel Nof air base in September 1971.
Reserve pilot Reuben Narunsky in the cockpit of Anak 10 4X-FPV.
An IAI drawing of the planned swing tail modification coupled with a C-97 tail section. Below: A battery of no less than 22 RATO bottles were planned to blast the Anak into the sky from 2,600ft-long gravel strips.