Viktor Belenko made history when, on September 6, 1976, he defected from the Soviet Union to the West. He managed to fly his MiG-25 Foxbat out of Russia, landing in Hakodate, Japan. The event was historic as it gave American engineers the opportunity to examine the famous fighter, which was among the fastest aircraft ever to enter service. Belenko was given asylum in the United States and became an American aerospace engineer. The aircraft was disassembled and sent back to the Soviet Union in thirty crates.
A newly tooled release from Hobby Master, this 1/72 scale, die cast model is a reproduction of Belenko's famous MiG-25P as it appeared on the day of his defection. It features engraved panel lines, a sliding canopy, a well-equipped cockpit (with instrument panel details and a removable pilot figure), realistic air intake and afterburning engine exhaust nozzles, optional-position landing gear, and a mid-flight display stand. Measures approximately 13" long with a 7¾" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA5601