In what is considered as one of the Mossad"s most successful operations, Redfa"s entire extended family was smuggled safely out of Iraq to Israel. The MiG-21 fighter was evaluated by the Israeli Air Force and was later loaned to the United States for testing and intelligence analysis. Redfa"s defection was the subject of the movie Steal the Sky (1988).
Redfa was an Assyrian Christian.
Redfa died sometime around 1998 of a heart attack.