In September 1983, Czechoslovak cycling champion Robert Hutyra took his wife and two children and flew a self-made hot air balloon from their home country to Austria.
“We were three kilometers high. It was like when you see a nice ocean.” The views may have been amazing, but the journey was perilous.
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For other unbelievable escapes from behind the Iron Curtain, see Mike Scollon’s Great Escapes: https://www.rferl.org/a/great-escapes-iron-curtain-berlin-wall-communism-1989/30260367.html
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