Documentaire télé sur les défections de pilotes de chasse russes transfuges pendant la guerre froide

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transfuge irakien qui a livré un MiG 21 à Israël en 1966 (Ce MiG 21 a été envoyé aux Etats-Unis pour des tests) :

Munir Redfa (1934 – circa 1998) was an Iraqi fighter pilot, of ethnic Assyrian origin, who defected to Israel in 1966 by flying a MiG-21 of the Iraqi Air Force. In what is considered as one of the Mossad’s most successful operations. The MiG-21 fighter was evaluated by the Israeli Air Force and was later loaned to the United States for testing and intelligence analysis. Knowledge obtained from analysis of the aircraft was instrumental to the successes achieved by the Israeli Air Force in its future encounters with Arab MiG-21s.

Transfuge polonais au début de la guerre froide :

On March 5, 1953, Polish Lt. Franciszek Jarecki flew from Słupsk (Polish Air Force Base) to Rønne Airport on Bornholm Island in a MiG-15bis (No 346) – a modern Soviet fighter. Western air specialists checked the aircraft. Jarecki, however, went to the United States, where he provided much important information about modern Soviet aircraft and air tactics.

Yak-23 qui a fait défection de Roumanie en Yougoslavie et qui a été transporté aux Etats-Unis

A single Yak-23 was acquired by US intelligence, via Yugoslavia, in November, 1953. It was a Romanian Yak-23 flown by Mihail Diaconu who defected with it. The aircraft arrived disassembled, and was shipped to the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center at Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio. It was reassembled and made operational for several flight tests, during which time it was disguised with U.S. markings.

article de Wikipedia sur le Yak-23 testé par les Américains.

Unités de l’US Air Force qui « jouaient » des escadrilles soviétiques :
US Aggressor squadrons
64th Aggressor Squadron
65th Aggressor Squadron

Article de Wikipedia anglophone sur les Duels aériens entre Israéliens et Egyptiens en 1970.

MiG 23 : mauvais avion aux yeux des américains après l’avoir testé (avis objectif ou critique facile car les pilotes américains ne savaient pas bien l’utiliser ?).
Tendance des Américains à surévaluer la puissance et les capacités de leur ennemi soviétique et de ses armement.

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