Here is a wonderful preview video of the roots of the IAF:
..when this vid hits the public, I'm there. These folks are good people and they got huge stones. Can you imagine us holding off the combined aggressor forces of the Chi-Coms, USSR, Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Saddam Hussein, Iran, the Ottoman empire, the Persian Empire, the Roman Empire, and the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots (whom I despise) with our current military? That's about what it was like for these guys in 1948.
Not only that, but the four pilots that volunteered had to evade OUR OWN FBI and a blockade to get to Israel. AND they ended up flying war surplus German Messerschmidts in old Luftwaffe flying togs. What immense irony.
And they still kicked the crap out of all of those camel-turd-sucking towel heads.
When I grow up, that's the team I want to play for.