"After I signed, I cried. When I studied American history as a schoolgirl and I read about those who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, I couldn't imagine these were real people doing something real. And there I was sitting down and signing a declaration of establishment."
~ Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (1898 – 1978)
Recalling her signing The Israeli Declaration of Independence
May 14, 1948
Jeremy D. Carlisle
Pilot, Israeli-New York Flight Club
Along with Contributors:
AOPA Award and FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor
Israeli-New York Flight Club
Pilot, Israeli-New York Flight Club
Crowds of millions. Cheering. Togetherness. United. United for a purpose. Purpose for one word:
Support for the sole democracy in the middle east: Israel. The date? Sunday, August 24th, 2014. Cessnas from 172s to 182s, Pipers of all models, not to mention other aircraft and pilots from all over the world both general aviation to the airlines: Israeli, American, and beyond joined in a massive fleet of aircraft adorned with Israeli Flags and wings stating "WE LOVE ISRAEL" stormed over hundreds of crowded beaches and state parks that stretched from Long Island to New Jersey to show everyone what Israel stands for. It's history. It's present. It's future. It's accomplishments all past, present, and future. Israeli paraphernalia lined the shores for hundreds of miles. Emotions and passions soared higher than any aircraft and the size of them was no match to the geographical size of Israel's current borders.
|Jones Beach, Long Island|
The feeling of excitement and support, which was felt by millions in attendance and witnessing of this event, less alone togetherness as one family from both air and on the Earth's surface echoed a true message to those who contradict this feeling which echoed a message over and over to the several media sources and all who oppose Israel's existence:
We don't need to be reminded of who nor what those oppose Israel think we are. We know who we are, what we stand for, and what we will achieve: Democracy, a will to live life, and to promote freedom. A true concept which is prevalent in the United States and what it's constitution stands for. Just as Former Prime Minister Golda Meir was reminded of when she signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence.
"God will help us", answered Robert Keleti, AOPA award winning and FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor/Chief Pilot for the Israeli-New York Flight club to a group of people inquiring about the weather forecast for the event at a meeting we attended which was held a mere two weeks before the event when the impromptu idea came to his head.
|Natan Hoffmann flying right seat in N98981|
Keleti, Hoffmann, and flight instructors from our flight club led a fleet of over fifteen aircraft over Jones Beach, Long Beach, past New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the beaches of Rockaway Penninsula, Coney Island, Manhattan, and the shores of New Jersey. We were airborne for three hours of flying in not only the most beautiful weather ever but with the most beautiful smiles by ATC controllers, pilots, passengers, and participants alike on the ground created a sense of unimaginable emotion and passion. Keleti was right: God truly helped us.
Even though the Israel is roughly the size of New Jersey, the emotions that Sunday that were felt couldn't compare to the geographical size of the land. What could raise the adrenaline of so many that have come from so far other than to fly for something which is a passion? Not only that but to spread both passions to millions whose eyes gazed on the massive fleet above. That is what makes both this event and the cause it supports so special.
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On behalf of CaptainAboard.com and the Israeli-New York Flight Club, we thank each and every pilot, passenger, and participant of this event. We thank you for the massive amounts of phone calls and e-mail from your positive responses and support of not only the event but also for our flight club. You made this event possible. You made this passion possible. You made this dream possible. You made, make, and will make Israel everything it is meant to be:
Successful. Substantial. Sustainable.
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