Viktor Belenko

Viktor Belenko, Who Defected to the West in a MiG-25 Foxbat Jet Fighter, has passed away

Viktor Belenko, Who Defected to the West in a MiG-25 Foxbat Jet Fighter, has passed away

Viktor Belenko Viktor Belenko, the former Soviet Air Defence Forces pilot who defected to the West in 1976 in a… Read More

7 months ago

Did you know the defection of Viktor Belenko inspired Clint Eastwood’s Firefox?

The MiG-25 Foxbat The Soviet MiG-25 (NATO code-name "Foxbat") was a high-speed interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft entered service… Read More

10 months ago

These photos of Viktor Belenko’s defecting MiG-25 buzzing Hakodate rooftops prove that reaching Japan was easy but landing the Foxbat was difficult. Here’s why.

For Senior Lieutenant Viktor Belenko’s defecting MiG-25 Foxbat reaching Japan proved to be the easy part, as touching down on… Read More

10 months ago

Check out these pictures of Viktor Belenko’s defecting MiG-25 Foxbat buzzing Hakodate rooftops before landing at the city’s international airport

Soviet Lt. Viktor Belenko became an instant celebrity when he successfully defected to the West by flying his Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25… Read More

2 years ago

Impressive photos show Viktor Belenko’s defecting MiG-25 Foxbat buzzing Hakodate rooftops before landing at the city’s international airport

Belenko had intended to fly his MiG-25 to Chitose airbase, but with fuel running low, he had to land at… Read More

4 years ago

How the defection of Viktor Belenko inspired Clint Eastwood’s Firefox

Belenko’s defection was mentioned in the novel Firefox by Craig Thomas, on which Clint Eastwood’s movie is based. On Sep.… Read More

5 years ago

Here’s an insight into MiG-25PD operations conducted against Det 4 SR-71s flying over the Baltic Sea

Had there ever been an order to shoot down the SR-71, the MiG-25PD crews were ready. But the routine of… Read More

6 years ago

The defection of Viktor Belenko, the pilot who stole the super-secret Soviet MiG-25 fighter jet

The MiG-25 was of special importance to the Soviet air defence, since (until the MiG-31 entered service) it was the… Read More

6 years ago