Big sky (song)

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May 28, 2022

The Huge Sky is a Soviet song written by Robert Rozhdestvensky with lyrics and Oscar Feltsman. The song is based on real events.

Feat of pilots

On April 6, 1966, Captain Boris Kapustin (aircraft commander) and Senior Lieutenant Yuri Yanov (navigator) of the 668th Aviation Regiment of the 132nd Bomber Aviation Division of the 24th Air Army of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, stationed in the city of Finow (Finow) in the GDR, received an order to overtake the Yak-28 bomber to another airfield. But in the sky over Berlin, as a result of a surge, both engines failed at once, and the car began to fall on the residential areas of Berlin. The pilots, unsuccessfully trying to start the engines, managed to take the plane away from densely populated areas outside the city. They decided to land the plane in the forest, which could be seen nearby, but it was just a cemetery, which was full of people that day. The crew received a command to eject, but Kapustin and Yanov decided not to leave the falling car, but to try to land it. Lake Stössensee, which appeared in the distance, could well be suitable for landing the plane on the water, but the dam blocking the way to it from the highway, on which there were many cars, forced the crew commander Kapustin to raise the plane in order to overcome it. After that, the out-of-control plane crashed and with a large slope went into a thick layer of silt at the bottom of the lake. The pilots are dead. The plane crashed in the British sector of West Berlin. British military divers arrived at the crash site and immediately set about lifting some critical parts of the crashed aircraft. They managed to dismantle the unique Eagle-D radar (NATO classification Skipspin) and it, along with engine parts, was examined at the British air base in Farnborough. Only on the third day, April 8, 1966, did the transfer of the remains of Soviet pilots to representatives of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany take place. Each city of the GDR sent its own delegation to participate in the funeral ceremony, and even the royal orchestra arrived from the UK. The then burgomaster of West Berlin, the future Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Willy Brandt, said: “We can proceed from the assumption that both of them are conscious at decisive moments.