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16/09/1979 Escape from East Germany to the west in a homemade balloon

The East German balloon escape was an incident in which 2 families, with 8 members in total, escaped the communist country of East Germany by crossing the border to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. The plot to accomplish this was carried out over a period of one and a half years, including an unsuccessful attempt, three different balloons, and various modifications until the successful escape occurred.

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