Colonel Ilan Ramon was an Israeli Air Force combat pilot and the first Israeli astronaut to take part in a space mission, the fatal Space Shuttle Columbia mission. Colonel Ramon accumulated over 3,000 flight hours on the A-4, Mirage III-C, and F-4, and over 1,000 flight hours on the F-16. Ramon's journey into space occurred as Israelis continued to suffer through a horrendous period of violence and helped lift the nation's spirits. Ramon was a national hero and a symbol of hope.

Colonel Ilan Ramon was an Israeli Air Force combat pilot and the first Israeli astronaut to take part in a space mission, the fatal Space Shuttle Columbia mission. Colonel Ramon accumulated over 3,000 flight hours on the A-4, Mirage III-C, and F-4, and over 1,000 flight hours on the F-16. Ramon's journey into space occurred as Israelis continued to suffer through a horrendous period of violence and helped lift the nation's spirits. Ramon was a national hero and a symbol of hope.

This day in History: June 20, 1954- Ilan Ramon, an Israeli fighter pilot in the IDF and the first Israeli astronaut, was born. On February 1, 2003 , Ramon and six other Columbia's crew members were killed in the re-entry accident.

This day in History: June 20, 1954- Ilan Ramon, an Israeli fighter pilot in the IDF and the first Israeli astronaut, was born. On February 1, 2003 , Ramon and six other Columbia's crew members were killed in the re-entry accident.

Ilan Ramon Memorial & Museum, Makhtesh Ramon

Ilan Ramon Memorial & Museum, Makhtesh Ramon

June 20, 1954:  Ilan Ramon, Israeli pilot and astronaut, was born in Tel Aviv. He was among the 7 astronauts killed in the US Columbia space shuttle tragedy Feb 1, 2003.

June 20, 1954: Ilan Ramon, Israeli pilot and astronaut, was born in Tel Aviv. He was among the 7 astronauts killed in the US Columbia space shuttle tragedy Feb 1, 2003.

Ilan Ramon by Oleg Kuklin now featured on ArtDealer

Ilan Ramon by Oleg Kuklin now featured on ArtDealer

Columbia astronauts: From the left [bottom row], wearing red shirts to signify their shift’s color, are astronauts Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Laurel B. Clark, mission specialist; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist. From the left [top row], wearing blue shirts, are astronauts David M. Brown, mission specialist; William C. McCool, pilot; and Michael P. Anderson, payload commander. IMAGE (AP Photo) (AP Photo) 2-1-13

Columbia astronauts: From the left [bottom row], wearing red shirts to signify their shift’s color, are astronauts Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Laurel B. Clark, mission specialist; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist. From the left [top row], wearing blue shirts, are astronauts David M. Brown, mission specialist; William C. McCool, pilot; and Michael P. Anderson, payload commander. IMAGE (AP Photo) (AP Photo) 2-1-13

Ilan Ramon Memorial & Museum, Mitzpe Ramon

Ilan Ramon Memorial & Museum, Mitzpe Ramon

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