Operation Nickel Grass

U.S. strategic airlift operation for Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War

Operation Nickel Grass was a United States military mission to help Israel during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The Soviet Union helped the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Syrian Arab Republic begin a surprise attack against Israel on October 6, 1973. Between October 14 and November 14 that year, the US flew 22,325 tons of weapons, tanks, and other supplies to Israel in C-141 Starlifter and C-5 Galaxy cargo planes.[1][2]

An M60 tank is unloaded from a C-5 Galaxy in Israel during the Yom Kippur War.


  1. Dunstan, Simon (2007). The Yom Kippur War: The Arab-Israeli War of 1973. p. 88. ISBN 9781846032882.
  2. Walter J. Boyne (December 1998). "Nickel Grass". Air Force Magazine. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2016.