The Daring Defection Of Soviet Union Viktor Belenko In A Top Secret Fighter Plane
When it comes to famous defectors, Stalin’s daughter and Edward Snowden top the list but neither’s departure matches that of Soviet Union pilot Viktor Belenko. On September 6th, 1976, Belenko not only renounced his former country but did so while stealing the highly classified Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25, the most mysterious aircraft ever built by the Soviet Union.
Prior to Belenko’s sensational defection, American forces were scurrying to learn more about this potential paradigm-shifting plane. This is the story of a Soviet fighter pilot’s 400-mile flight to freedom. On the plane codenamed Foxbat, he landed haphazardly on a rustic Japanese runway low on fuel.