Synopsis: The Soviets have developed a revolutionary new jet fighter, called "Firefox". Naturally, the British are worried that the jet will be used as a first-strike weapon, as rumours say that the jet is indetectable on radar. They send ex-Vietnam War pilot Mitchell Gant on a covert mission into the Soviet Union to steal Firefox.
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
136 min

One target left.

Rejoin to the west. I'll clean up.

Lead, this is 3 Watch.

37 mm off the left.

Roger. Rolling in left.

Leave your cover. Get out of there.

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

I've been hit 20 miles

southeast of San Juan. Heading 1-3-0.

Major Gant?

Can you hear me?

Sorry we had to surprise you like that.

Come on, get him out of here.

This was taken on Friday.

It is the secret complex at Bilyarsk.

If you look at the top right corner,

you will make out the main hangar.

Could we...?

This is a detail of that section.

Take a good look...

...because we have every reason to believe

you're looking at the Firefox.

When the first rumors began to filter

out of the Soviet Union...

...some three years ago...

...our theoretical weapons strategists

stood before NATO to explain...

...with confidence, that it would take

the Soviets a minimum of 10 years... develop a Mach 5 aircraft

with thought-control weapons.

I stand before you today to explain,

with much regret...

...that they were wrong.

At 0400 hours, on Thursday...

...we were stunned by the encoded


...that sits in front of you.

-General Rogers?

-Along with satellite surveillance...

...planes were flown up Saturday over

the Turkish-Soviet border, roughly here.

And the Finnish-Soviet border, here.

Using the information

of Dr. Baranovich...

...about the time and flight path

of the Firefox...

...we monitored the arena

formed by these coordinates..., with our most sophisticated

radar devices.

Except for a flight of cranes headed south,

nothing entered that airspace all day.

We checked immediately

with our source in Bilyarsk.

The Firefox flew,

and flew at the exact time...

...and within the specified coordinates

given to us by Dr. Baranovich.

We are left with only one explanation.

It is quite inescapable.

The Soviets have developed some

sort of anti-radar capability for the aircraft.

The Firefox is... all intents and purposes...


All right, captain.

You came 5000 miles for this.

-Let's hear it.

-Captain Buckholz, sir.

It's been, what, three years now?

You're still keeping in shape. That's good.

A lot of people miss you back home, major.

They still talk about you.

All the guys think you must have

sprouted wings and flown away.

I had one hell of a time

tracking you down.

Look at these figures!

Fifty thousand pounds of thrust, per!

These Tumanskys deliver an excess

in a capacity of 100 percent.

Combat ceiling, 120,000 feet plus.

Note the increase in capacity,

100 percent.

Speed in excess of Mach 5, even Mach 6,

and able to maintain it.

Our best body design begins to melt... Mach 3.

It should be very clear why the Soviets...

...were willing to risk using

a man like Baranovich.

A genius in theoretical physics, yes...

...but still a prisoner,

and a dissident Jew.

Our weapons system is,

as far as we can ascertain... of the most advanced

ever conceived.

It couples radar and infrared

detection devices...

...with a thought-guided,

thought-controlled arsenal...

...onboard the plane.

The pilot's actual brain emissions

are translated into a central computer...

...through sensors in his helmet.

Whatever target the pilot chooses

is instantly destroyed...

...without his even pressing a button.

Or, as quickly as his eye

detects a threat...

...either visually

or on one of his scopes...

...his thought impulses are guiding

a missile to that threat.

This amounts to a two- to three-second

speed advantage... reaction and attack time over

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