As a piece of advanced technology, it was certainly very much ahead of its time, and if it had been designed and used within Socialist principles, not only would it still be flying today (to benefit humanity), but its design would have been improved and its production and operational costs drastically reduced).
DEDICATED TO THE SOVIET PEOPLE WHO LED THE WORLD IN WORKING CLASS REVOLUTION AND DEFEATED FASCISM AT A TERRIBLE PRICE! Soviet Technological Designs 1960-1980
In 1973 NASA started to publish some of its findings from its Moon missions, and it is believed a secret statement was released to officials stating that all 25 US astronauts on the Apollo Programme reported seeing UFOs on the surface of the Moon, or in flight above the surface of the Moon. The former Director of the US Space Programme to the Moon – Dr Wernher von Braun – has gone on record as stating that during his lifetime several Apollo Missions reported contact with UFOs. These objects were monitored because of their presence and unusual activity which appeared extra-terrestrial in nature. This opinion received backing in 1979 when the former Director of NASA Communications Maurice Chatterton also stated that contact between US astronauts and UFOs was ‘normal’ and not unusual.