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Viktor Belenko

1947 - 2023

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Viktor Ivanovich Belenko (Russian: Виктор Иванович Беленко, February 15, 1947 – September 24, 2023) was a Russian-born American aerospace engineer and Soviet pilot who defected in 1976 to the West while flying his MiG-25 "Foxbat" jet interceptor and landed in Hakodate, Japan. George H. W. Bush, the Director of Central Intelligence at the time, called the opportunity to examine the plane up close an "intelligence bonanza" for the West. Belenko later became a U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Belenko has received more than 1,207,508 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 23 in 2019). Viktor Belenko is the 74th most popular engineer (up from 80th in 2019), the 494th most popular biography from Russia (down from 471st in 2019) and the 8th most popular Russian Engineer.

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Among engineers, Viktor Belenko ranks 74 out of 323Before him are Jimmy Doolittle, Petrus Peregrinus de Maricourt, Paul Cornu, Marcel Dassault, Ross Brawn, and Henry Royce. After him are Loránd Eötvös, Adam Czerniaków, Nikolay Zhukovsky, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, Jack Swigert, and Marcel Renault.

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Among people born in 1947, Viktor Belenko ranks 88Before him are Temple Grandin, Roy Hodgson, Richard Jenkins, Roger D. Kornberg, James Patterson, and Jeffrey DeMunn. After him are Rod Evans, Anne Wiazemsky, Mitt Romney, Ian Anderson, Joe Mantegna, and Klaus Schulze. Among people deceased in 2023, Viktor Belenko ranks 65Before him are Leiji Matsumoto, Hans Modrow, László Sólyom, Matthew Perry, Sixto Rodriguez, and Marisa Pavan. After him are Françoise Gilot, Amancio Amaro, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Elliott Erwitt, Otar Iosseliani, and Gianni Vattimo.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Viktor Belenko ranks 494 out of 3,262Before him are Mikhail of Tver (1271), Alexander Pokryshkin (1913), Yevgeny Mravinsky (1903), Valery Gerasimov (1955), Ivan Bilibin (1876), and Sacha Guitry (1885). After him are Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov (1890), Urie Bronfenbrenner (1917), Maria Spiridonova (1884), Ivan Maisky (1884), Leonid Gaidai (1923), and Nikolay Zhukovsky (1847).

Among ENGINEERS In Russia

Among engineers born in Russia, Viktor Belenko ranks 8Before him are Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857), Anatoly Dyatlov (1931), Alexei Kosygin (1904), Andrei Tupolev (1888), Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856), and Sergey Ilyushin (1894). After him are Nikolay Zhukovsky (1847), Vasily Degtyaryov (1880), Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev (1906), Ivan Sechenov (1829), Mikhail Gurevich (1892), and Nikolai Polikarpov (1892).