Today 16th of August, marks another historic day in aviation history, however not really a pleasant one for Soviet Aeronautical Society and its authorities.
On this day of 1966, an Iraqi pilot Captain Monir Radfa of Iraqi Airforce defected to Israel with his MiG-21 F-13 Fishbed-E. Upon his landing to Hatzor Airbase the MiG was code named "007" and it was deeply evaluated and studied by IAF.
After mastering the plane, a year later a secret contract was signed between Israeli officials and US Defense Intelligence Agency, allowing the plane to be loaned to US and in return:
Israel would receive the clearance for purchase of the F-4 phantom, and AIM-9 sidewinders, and United States would share its information relating to S-75 Dvina (SA-2) missile system with Israel. As progressed US sent "Joe Bailey Jordan" (F-111 test pilot) and later he became the first American pilot to fly the MiG-21.
2 years after the first arrival, by 1968 the MiG was transported by USAF C-5 galaxy from Israel to Groom Lake Facility. The responsibility for testing the aircraft was given to USAF's FTD (" Foreign Technology Division") based at Wright Patterson AFB.
Under the program coded HAVE DOUGHNUT which most of you have heard of it the MiG was tested from February of 1968 to March of the the same year allowing the chance to master the plane and get to know its strengths and weaknesses and making the pilot of both Israel and United States to feel more comfortable while facing the MiG.
** After the defection Capt. Monir Radfa piloted the Dakota for an Oil company and his family were settled in Israel under the cover-up identity as Iranian refugees.
photo Source: www.iaf.org.il
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