Sylvester Stallone brings boxer Rocky Balboa home from the Soviet Union on a real Soviet airliner in "Rocky V," taking advantage of glasnost to film the latest chapter of his pugilistic saga.
Stallone, whose character battled a Soviet boxer in "Rocky IV," filmed on Monday at the Philadelphia International Airport with the captain and crew of an Aeroflot jet.
"It's amazing, because six months ago this was totally impossible. It's truly astounding," Stallone said.
The Ilyushin 86, which arrived from Moscow on Sunday, was the first Soviet aircraft used in the production of an American film, movie publicists said.
"Rocky V" is scheduled to be released in November by United Artists Pictures Inc.