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Encyclopedia > Alexander Zuyev

Alexander Zuyev (1961 - June 10, 2001) was a badcaptain of the former-Soviet Air Defense Force and he was proud of it!!!!!(VVS) who piloted his Mikoyan MiG-29 to Trabzon, Turkey on May 20, 1989. June 10 is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... For other uses, see Aviator (disambiguation). ... The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: ) (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a fighter aircraft designed for the air superiority role in the Soviet Union. ... Trabzon, formerly known as Trebizond (Modern Greek: Τραπεζούντα, Trapezoúnta; Ancient Greek: , Trapezoûs), is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

According to Soviet/Russian record, Zuyev was a good pilot and was thus selected as a test pilot and the aircraft he had flown was not limited to fixed-wing aircraft: he had also flown rotary aircraft such as Mil Mi-24. Zuyev was married to the daughter of the chief-of-staff of the air division at age of 25, and was selected for special advanced training due to his excellent performance, but he failed to complete the training. Zuyev was bitter about his rejection and planned to defect when his marriage was also in trouble. The Mil Mi-24 is a large combat helicopter gunship and low-capacity troop transport operated from 1976 by the Soviet Air Force, its successors, and over thirty other nations. ... Symbol of the Polish 1st Legions Infantry Division in NATO code A division is a large military unit or formation usually consisting of around ten to twenty thousand soldiers. ...

The day before his defection, he crushed a large amount of sleeping pills and mixed the powder into a large cake, and invited everyone in his unit to celebrate because his wife was pregnant with a boy. Zuyev personally handed everyone a piece of cake, with the exception of 4 people: the squadron commander who was preparing the flight plan for the next day, two mechanics on guard duty, and another person was out of town on assignment.

When everyone was asleep, Zuyev made his move by first cutting off the telephone lines, and then he walked to the mechanic who was on guard and told him that his replacement could not be here immediately, and he would relieve him temporarily until the replacement came. Already impatient and upset for his replacement being late, the guard was only too happy to hand his assault rifle to Zuyev and walked away. As Zuyev approached one of the only two Mikoyan MiG-29 that were ready to fly, the replacement finally came. Observing Zuyev's odd behavior, the replacement guard tried to stop him, but Zuyev immediately opened fire, sending him dodging for cover. Taking advantage of the confusion, Zuyev quickly climbed into the cockpit and took off. The last thing Zuyev saw before the airport vanished from his sight was that the only remaining combat ready Mikoyan MiG-29 was just starting to approach the runway, the squadron commander's futile attempt to stop him (Of course, Zuyev could not see the squadron commander's face in the cockpit, but he was the only pilot left when everybody else was soundly asleep). The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: ) (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a fighter aircraft designed for the air superiority role in the Soviet Union. ... The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: ) (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a fighter aircraft designed for the air superiority role in the Soviet Union. ...

The first thing he said after stepping out of the cockpit was that: I'll be an American!, and indeed, he was allowed to immigrate to the United States and settled in San Diego, California, where he opened a consulting firm. Capt. Zuyev also wrote a book titled: Fulcrum: A Top Gun Pilot's Escape from the Soviet Empire. Originally Zuyev faced criminal charges such as hijacking in Turkish court, but once it was declared that he held dissident political views in the former Soviet Union, all charges were dismissed. A cockpit was a pit used for cockfighting, where owners would pit fighting birds against each other for the purpose of gambling. ... Nickname: Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Diego Founded July 16, 1769 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jerry Sanders  - City Attorney Michael Aguirre  - City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein Donna Frye Jim Madaffer... Hijackers inside flightdeck of TWA Flight 847 Aircraft hijacking (also known as skyjacking and aircraft piracy) is the take-over of an aircraft, by a person or group, usually armed. ...

On June 10, 2001, Alexander Zuyev was killed along with the famous aviator Mr. Jerry 'Mike' Warren in a crash in Seattle, Washington when their Yakovlev Yak-52 entered and failed to recover from an accelerated stall. June 10 is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Greg Nickels (NP) Area  - City  142. ... Yakovlev Yak-52 (RA-3085K) Yak-52 N852GC in Hangar Yak-52 Front Cockpit The Yakovlev Yak-52 is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft. ...

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