Elite Soviet pilots filmed test flying a captured Northrop F5E Tiger II

With the capture of the huge air base at Bien Hoa, the heroes of the North Vietnamese Armed forces were able to supply the Soviet, Chinese, & Polish air forces a number of US designs for evaluation.

This F5 and two others were tested extensively at Chkalov State Flight Tests Centre, which is similar in operation to US Edwards AFB AFFTC, or the Tonopah Test Range.

The F5 outperformed the MiG-21, and these results drove the development of the MiG-23.

Pilots who were assigned to the F-5E, were Vladimir Kandaurov, Alexander Bezhevets and Nikolay Stogov.

The F5 was of particular importance due to it's export demand.