One of the F-16s submerged in the hangars. (Photo from Twitter) Last week Israel was hit by heavy rains which caused widespread flooding in several cities. Military installations weren’t spared by the rain either, notably damaging eight F-16C/D “Baraks” in the hangars at Hatzor Airbase. The incident was initially censored, until the Heyl Ha’Avir (Israeli Air Force) acknowledged it on Jan. 13, 2020. The facts reportedly happened around three days earlier. In a release to Israeli medias , an IAF officer stated that “due to the extreme weather conditions last week, creeks near the airbase in the southern part of the country overflowed and flooded several focal points at the base. The Air Force prepared all its bases for the [inclement] weather. The main priority was [to protect] human life and then equipment and weapons. Up until 5 a.m. the base was dry. And then came 50,000 cubic meters of water, which knocked down cement walls”. The jets were parked in underground hangars, called datak in Hebrew. The officer admitted: “We made a mistake […]