Lou Lenart. Biography. Martial flights. Ranks. A photo.
Lu was born in Hungary, his parents emigrated to the United States illegally. During the war in Europe, he flew to the Pacific Ocean USMC F4U Corsair. After graduation Lenart recruited Jewish emissaries to distill the Middle East purchased aircraft.
6 May 1948 of Lenart and 8 pilots flown to Geneva. From there, the group was transferred to Zurich. Then they moved to Prague. Lenart at greater risk, it can recognize a fugitive from Hungary and return "home".
After a 2-yi days on board the Ju-52 they crossed in Ceske Budejovice, there began to develop C-199. 18.05.1948 training ended and pilots went to Israel.
On the morning of May 20 Czech pilots and mechanics booted from Having dealt with-199 With in-54. 11 hours by plane landed in Akron. The next day came another fighter, 22 May - the third.
29 May Lenart and his comrades-in-arms raised airplanes of Ekron. Each of them carried German bomb 70 weight in kg. The objective was to stop the Egyptian army to move to Tel Aviv.
The mission was successful, but were very large losses. By the end of May there was only one aircraft, it pilots 2 times a day at a time carried out patrols over the Jewish capital. This practice has borne fruit: 3 June were won 2 first aerial victory in the history of the Israeli Air Force. Some time was the commander of Lenart 101-SquadronBut soon he was transferred to Air Headquarters and was removed from flight operations.
After the war, together with Lenart Gudlinom organized airline, which has received a contract from the Israeli government for the export of Iraqi Jews to Israel.
By the end of his life engaged in exotic Lenart: was General Manager S commandan Diego Clippers (basketball) and produced the film "Iron Eagles".
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