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June 8, 1989: Bailout at Le Bourget

Even 20 years later, this is an amazing piece of footage: Russian test pilot Anatoly Kvochur bailing out of his MiG-29, just 300 feet off the ground, at the 1989 Paris Air Show. I actually saw this happen—or rather, I was standing talking to a friend when we saw a cloud of black smoke and people r...

Even 20 years later, this is an amazing piece of footage: Russian test pilot
Anatoly Kvochur bailing out of his MiG-29, just 300 feet off the ground, at the 1989 Paris Air Show. I actually saw this happen—or rather, I was standing talking to a friend when we saw a cloud of black smoke and people running toward the crash site. The pilot was up and walking the grounds at Le Bourget in no time, basking in the admiration of the crowd.

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