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Operation Thunderbolt

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Operation Thunderbolt
Movie poster
Country ISR.jpg Israel
Directed by Menahem Golan
Release Date 1977
Language Hebrew
Studio Cannon Films
Distributor Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. Yonatan Netanyahu Yehoram Gaon
Wilfried Boese Klaus Kinski
Halima Sybil Danning
Shuki Assi Dayan
Gen. Dan Shomron Arik Lavie
Michel Bacos Henri Czarniak

Operation Thunderbolt (Original title: Mivtsa Yonatan) is a 1977 Israeli action historical drama directed by Menahem Golan (The Delta Force) that dramatizes the Israeli commando mission to liberate the hostages at the Entebbe Airport in Kampala, Uganda, on July 4, 1976. The film starred Klaus Kinski, Yehoram Gaon, and Sybil Danning.

The following weapons were used in the film Operation Thunderbolt:


Beretta Model 70

The German terrorist Halima (Sybil Danning) used a Beretta Model 70 pistol.

Beretta Model 70 - .32 ACP

Colt M1911A1

Some characters are armed with Colt M1911A1 pistols.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
One of the hijackers carries a Colt M1911A1 pistol.
M1911A1 with removable suppressor - .45 ACP.
Col. Yonatan Netanyahu (Yehoram Gaon) used the suppressed gun.

Submachine guns

Sa 25

The commander of the hijackers Wilfried Boese (Klaus Kinski) uses a Sa 25.

Sa 25 - 9x19mm


Most of the Israeli commandos are armed with IMI Uzi submachine guns.

Uzi 9mm
Shuki (Assi Dayan) holds his gun in the action at the airport.
A member of special commando with a submachine gun on his side.
A soldier with a Uzi covers his commandant (left) in the action.

Sten Mk II

Some Ugandan soldiers on the airport in Entebbe have Sten submachine guns.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm



Various characters are seen with AK-47 assault rifles.

Milled Receiver AK-47 design; 7.62x39mm.
A Lybian soldier standing before the airplane at the airport in Benghazi.
A Ugandan soldier in Entebe in an airport lounge in Entebbe.
A hijacker at the airport in Entebbe controls release of the hostages.
The AK-47 belonging to members of special commando at the airport in Israel.
Col. Yonatan Netanyahu (left) and Gen. Dan Shomron (Arik Lavie).

IMI Romat

The soldiers in Benghazi and Entebe are seen with IMI Romat assault rifles.

Israeli FAL "Romat" with Wooden Furniture 7.62x51mm NATO.
A Lybian soldier at the airport in Benghazi.
The Ugandan soldiers in Entebbe┬┤s military barracks.

Heavy Barrel Romat

A soldier at the airport in Entebe holds a Heavy Barrel Romat assault rifle.

IMI Romat with bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO


Some of the Israeli commandos are armed with M16s.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to impersonate the M16A1 during the 1970s and 1980s. This version has a 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm

Machine guns

FN MAG 58 machine gun

The Israeli troops used FN MAG 58 machine guns.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO

Browning M1919A4

The Israeli commando is equipped with a Browning M1919A4 machine gun.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield

Hand grenades

Mk 2 hand grenade

Halima (Sybil Danning) carries Mk 2 hand grenade on her belt.

Mk 2 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Halima smuggled grenades into the aircraft in her stocking.

F-1 hand grenade

One of the hijackers permanently clutches a F1 hand grenade in his hand.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade



RPG-2 rocket launcher

The Israeli commando disposes of the RPG-2 rocket launchers at the Entebbe airport.

RPG-2 40mm with PG-2 rocket

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