US pilots reunite with Israeli ‘brothers in arms’ from Yom Kippur War – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Comment by tonytran2015: Quotation of facts for historical preservation.

Chesterman recalled that he was stationed at the naval air base in Southern California when the squadron skipper asked for volunteers for a dangerous and unspecified mission. Nearly all the pilots raised their hands. Over the course of two days they made their way to Israel, stopping several times along the way, including in Spain, the only European country that would have them en route to Israel.

Segars, the other pilot from the mission now in Israel, fired some rounds toward Libya on the way.

Although the Americans were only in Israel for a few hours, Chesterman gathered that …

Chesterman said the Israelis welcomed the American pilots with a friendly meal on base, …

Segars – the pilot who “fired at Muammar Gaddafi,” as Chesterman put it – earnestly tried to convince the Israelis to let him join the battle. But the several beers he had just downed “disabused him of opportunity to go fight in someone else’s war,” Chesterman said.

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