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USSR Pilot / Defection / MiG 25 Fate #248315

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 07, 1976
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(Studio) Japan rejects USSR demand for return of MiG 25 fighter plane landed Monday by defecting USSR pilot. Pilot requests United States asylum and United States says he's welcome; plane is what United States really wants.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Assets of plane noted. [Gruman Corporation film of F-14 Tomcat shown.) Only American F-14 fighter has missile capable of MiG 25 interception. US officials say pilot, Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, will be granted asylum, but details will be top secret.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Tokyo police say pilot to be flown to United States Wednesday; no other details known.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Kalb, Marvin;
Mudd, Roger

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