2. Orestes Lorenzo Pérez
On March 20, 1991, Cuban Major Orestes Lorenzo Pérez lit the afterburners of his MiG-23 #722 and took off on a training flight from Cuba. Just after takeoff, Pérez hit the deck and raced to Naval Air Station Key West. Unable to communicate by radio, the Major took a few turns in the pattern before he landed. Over the radio, a stunned U.S. pilot declared, “There’s a MiG in the pattern!” Ironically, Major Pérez spoke no English and after taxing he was approached by a Naval Officer and Hispanic NCO who had to act as translators.