toocatsoriginals

toocatsoriginals:

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

levantineviper-archive
levantineviper-archive:

The USSR’s Венера-4 (Venus-4) was the first manmade spacecraft to visit another planet and perform an in-place analysis of its environment when it entered the Venusian atmosphere on October 18, 1967. 
It carried out a chemical analysis of the atmosphere of Venus, recorded temperature and radiation levels, and measured Venus’ magnetic field. It relayed all this information back to Earth, before it was crushed by the immense pressure as it descended deeper into the dense Venusian atmosphere shortly after its arrival. 

levantineviper-archive:

The USSR’s Венера-4 (Venus-4) was the first manmade spacecraft to visit another planet and perform an in-place analysis of its environment when it entered the Venusian atmosphere on October 18, 1967.

It carried out a chemical analysis of the atmosphere of Venus, recorded temperature and radiation levels, and measured Venus’ magnetic field. It relayed all this information back to Earth, before it was crushed by the immense pressure as it descended deeper into the dense Venusian atmosphere shortly after its arrival.