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Published on Sep 9, 2015
The Stunning Details Of A Compelling Aspect Of Aviation History
If you try to tell the story of American pilots flying variations of the German Messerschmitt BF-109 while escorting B-17 bombers on their mission, most people wouldn’t believe you.
It’s also hard to believe that pilots flying British Spitfires were locked in deadly aerial battles against each other.
But, these things did happen in Israel’s war for independence that began in 1948. While at EAA AirVenture 2015, ANN’s Maxine Scheer interviewed Nancy Spielberg, who is the producer of a documentary movie titled, Above and Beyond. Her movie documents the beginnings of the Israeli Air Force that was born with the help of Americans and others who were dedicated to seeing Israel survive as a nation.
In 1948, a group of former World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in their war for independence. They not only flew and fought, they were also responsible for securing the aircraft that Israel needed in a time when a war materials embargo was in place.
During the interview, Spielberg provides insights as to how she became involved in the project and produce this movie. Her description of what happened in those days and how she felt the need to tell the story is spellbinding.
This interview is more than the story of producing a movie, it’s a personal introduction to a time in history that is not well known, and it explains why the story must be told.