September 1, 1986
Two Iranian pilots have defected to Iraq with their U.S.-made F-14 jet fighter, an Iraqi military spokesman said in Baghdad. The spokesman, quoted on Baghdad radio, said the plane's defecting pilot and co-pilot were a major and a captain. Last week, Iran's Speaker of Parliament, Hashemi Rafsanjani, said his country's air force had 74 or 75 of the sophisticated F-14s, but Western military analysts estimate that no more than a dozen remain operational.
August 12, 1986 |
Four Iranian defectors landed in Baghdad today aboard the plane of Iran's Parliament Speaker, Hashemi Rafsanjani, the official Iraqi News Agency reported. Rafsanjani, a key aide of Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was not among the four, who were identified as three pilots and a flight engineer, the agency said in a report monitored in Nicosia. The report said the Falcon aircraft landed at noon. It identified the plane's pilot as Ali Akbar Mohammedi.