September 6, 1976 - Soviet Air Force pilot Viktor Belenko flies his MiG-25 Foxbat to Japan, seeking asylum. The US and Japan examined and dissected the aircraft, before sending it back by ship to the USSR in crates. Belenko eventually was granted US citizenship.
Examinations of the Foxbat revealed a tough, but primitive interceptor, not the next-generation, advanced fighter-bomber that had been feared.
Via Detail & Scale