Beachgoers Admire Israel's Military Muscle on Independence Day

Image: Israel Celebrates 66th Independence Day
People stand on the beach in the Mediterranean sea as they watch a military air show marking the 66th anniversary of Israel's independence on May 6, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The day marks when David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz- Israel. Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images

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Israel's air force marked the 66th anniversary of the country's independence Tuesday with a show of aerial might.

The national holiday, which varies slightly each year according to the Hebrew calendar, celebrates David Ben-Gurion's declaration of the establishment of a Jewish state on May 14, 1948.

An overhead view of the Israeli Air Force museum in Beersheba from a military plane taking part in celebrations for Israel's Independence Day on May 6, 2014.AMIR COHEN / Reuters