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This paper, a reprint of an article that originally appeared in Air Force Magazine, v. 73, no. 4, describes the author's experience as the first American to fly the Soviet MiG-29 fighter and the first Westerner to fly any type of combat aircraft in Soviet airspace since World War II. Severe weather limited the flight to a small portion of the MiG-29's operating envelope. In the author's view, the flight was more significant for its political than for its aeronautical implications, providing further evidence of the dramatic changes taking place in the Soviet Union.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation occasional paper (Soviet) series. The occasional paper series was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1985 to 1992. It included the occasional paper education (OPE) and occasional paper Soviet (OPS), which was issued jointly by the RAND/UCLA Center for Soviet Studies (CSS) to facilitate the exchange of ideas among those who shared the research interests of the Center and of scholars participating in its research and seminar programs.

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