A Research Project © Dick van der Aart
A few pages
from the book.
Click on bookcover for description of chapters in English
years now I have been researching the history of aerial defections in
the Cold War years 1945 - 1989. The initial result of this effort is
a well documented historical publication about pilot defectors with
the title MiG's op de Vlucht (MiGs on the Run), that was published
in december 2009. For the moment - alas - only in Dutch.
for various reasons not an easy undertaking. There are few official
(open) sources and not every escape flight is documented in the media.
Political propaganda, psychological warfare, face saving lies often
formed the basis of many speculative newspaper stories. In many cases
the intelligence community played a decisive role in the aftermath of
a defection. It is the dream of every military commander to analyse
the strength and weaknesses of an enemy aircraft by testing the type
in flight. Examinations by intelligence experts on the ground come as
a good second. In either case: the real results were kept from the public.
The Cold War is already almost a generation away and many defections
half a century old, but still much information remains classified and
historians and researchers are given a hard time to find primary sources.
many aspects of a defection
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