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September 6, 1959
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NEW YORK SEP 6 1959 i TF h A IIII WWO- elease 2000/08/03 CIA-RDP75-00001 R00040 l;zech Tells How He Flew To Freedom He, 4 Pals Beat Off Reds for Air Liner CPYRGHT WASHINGTON, bept. 'I (UPI) .-A young Czech,, who made a daring escape from communism, has gone to work as a fliglit?engineetf0r a major United States air line. Several years ago Mira Slovak was piloting commercial air liners for the Red-run Czecho- slovakian government. Though only twenty-two, he was re-` garded as one of the safest and most reliable pilots. "I was a great believer in flight regula- tions and a good pilot," said Mr. Slovak in an interview' given in fluent, self-taught, English. Politically, the Reds didn't. think Mr. Slovak so reliable.: As a'precaution in late 1951 he' was taken off Flights destined, for points In West Germany and relegated to flying liners with' Iron Curtain-only destinations. Harassed by Reds For the ext twenty months' he waS 1nt mittently harassed I by Commune authorities about the war-tine' activities of his family. "Each time they seemed to become more suspicious, and I knew time was running out," he said. So it was as Mr. Slovak raced his DC-3 down the runway at Prague on March 23, 1953, and took off bound for Berno, Czechoslovakia. This was the night for which Mr. Slovak had planned for two years. It was the night he would fly to free- ?dom. As the plane took off, Mr. Slovak eased up from his first pilot's seat, and told the three fellow crew:members he'd be back shortly with two friends who wanted to see the cockpit. Twenty-five passengers were- aboard. Four of them had, planned with Mr. Slovak for _the escape. There were, five C"om munist party members aboard. That meant trouble for any escape effort. . But Mr. Slovak had concealed five loaded :pistols in the rear1oslovakian countryside, never wall of t cabin. Two friends came with him to the cabin. Tw stayed with the passengers. Quickly Mr. - Slovak handed .them the pistols. "I told the ilot what was happening, and began to fight,' he related. "MY two friends weren't as con- siderate. They knocked the two other crewmen unconscious and quickly pulled tie pilot away 1 aL , , ..tea . For sixty min es he pilo ,As. they approached West Germany the five Reds rushed the locked cabin' door. Mr. Slovak sent the plane into sharp dips and turns, throwing the Communists to t , floor five times. Then they ve up. Mr. Slovak and,.. his four 'friends received asylum in the United States. T Others flew e ZA1x10?0 d"" a1 .gimik we," a Vol 1 3T1 i- i An milak over the Czech_- enfll Boeing, of the. Bociig the trophy. aircrait family, hired him to pilot his three private. planes. Mr. Boeing Introduced Mr. Slovak to powe' boats three: years ago, and last year he dare-deviled his way to the top international boat-racing. Now's he's finishing a re- fresher course with Capital Airlines on flight engineering. He will drive bandleader Guy Lombardo's hydroplane," "Miss Bardahl," in the President's STATINTL