Česká Kubice, Spálený vrch
Watching Station of the PVOS System (Anti-Aircraft Defense of the State) · 190, Česká Kubice, Czech Republic
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Seven Minutes away from Freedom

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In 1987 Vladimír Príslupský decided to run away from Czechoslovakia. He wanted to cross the Iron Curtain using an air glider, (rogalo), for his escape – a small hang-glider with a Trabant car engine, even though he didn’t have any experiences with flying. On May 18, 1987 approximately at eight o’clock in the evening, he took off near the village Mrakov and aimed towards south-west following the sunset. He flew around the watching station Spálený vrch, which was located nearby the geographical peak by the same name. Soldiers of the watching station quickly noticed Vladimír’s glider and one of them went to report his flight immediately. Príslupský assumed that after spotting him, there would be jets sent from the military base Žatec, which provided the air defense of the state. According to his calculations, he had approximately seven minutes. In those seven minutes he was supposed to fly over the state border on his hang-glider to Federal Republic of Germany. While in the air, he heard that there were jets flying above him, but they turned around and flew back. Príslupský made it to the German side of the border. After about an hour he managed to land on a meadow by the village Unterlintach, not far from a town of Roding. Just after landing his hang-glider, his engine cut out. He ran out of gas.

Vladimír Príslupský

Vladimír Príslupský

Vladimír Príslupský was born on January 22, 1948 in Klokočov, (Michalovce district), in eastern Slovakia. In 1968 during the so-called Dubček's era he willingly joined the Communist Party. After his high school studies and participating in the compulsory military service he worked in different lower positions within sector of board and services. Gradually he managed to become a head of various boarding and lodging facilities. During one party with his friends he had a fight with some State Security members but wasn't convicted for it. As a consequence, however, the ŠtB members complicated his life in other ways. One year later he had to face a fabricated accusation of larceny of the socialist property and served nine months on remand. After more encounters with the State Security following his release, Príslupský decided to run away from the republic. He chose an air glider, (rogalo), as the vehicle for his escape - a small hang-glider with a Trabant car engine, even though he had never flown anything before. He bought the glider from his friend a few weeks before his escape, which took place on May 18, 1987. With it, he sailed over the state border southward from the town of Domažlice. Despite of minimal experiences with flying, approximately at eight o'clock in the evening he took off near the village Mrakov and nearby the border crossing Folmava he flew over the state border with Federal Republic of Germany. After about a 50-kilometer flight he managed to land on a meadow by the village Unterlintach, not far from a town of Roding, Cham district. Here the local citizens helped him to get to police, where he applied for asylum. After several weeks of living under asylum he got a job as a waiter. Thanks to the media coverage of his story and to the sale of his hang glider he earned some money and was eventually able to open his own restaurant after one year of living in Germany. However, since he longed for coming back to his homeland, in 1992 he returned to Czechoslovakia. Today, he owns a guest house called Rogalo.

Česká Kubice, Spálený vrch

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Not far away from the geographical peak Spálený vrch, (app. 4 km east from the village of Česká Kubice) there is a former anti-aircraft defense station from the 1980s.

Česká Kubice, Spálený vrch

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Seven Minutes away from Freedom

Seven Minutes away from Freedom

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