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Freedom Flight

By Frank Iszak

9780750982368

ISBN: 9780750982368

Published: 04-05-2017


Freedom Flight

By Frank Iszak

ISBN: 9780750982368

Published: 04-05-2017

About This Book

On the afternoon of Friday 13 July 1956, seven desperate young people boarded a commercial flight in the People's Republic of Hungary with the intention of hijacking it (the first in history), diverting it to West Germany and claiming political asylum. They had no weapons, no map, and no idea whether the plane carried enough fuel to get them there. They would have to brave the gun of the security officer on board, the wild manoeuvres of the pilot, the Russian MiG fighters in hot pursuit, and a harrowing flight over the stormy Alps without navigation. Failure would mean certain death. One of the seven was Frank Iszak, a young journalist at the apex of the Communist terror in Hungary, whose controversial articles had landed him in a uranium mine for 're-education'. He broke out, but remained a fugitive within the country's heavily guarded borders. In order to escape, he put together a boxing team, and en route to the regional championship they diverted their flight across the Iron Curtain.

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