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Huge Soviet jet removed from pensioner's garden after 3 decades02:59

Huge Soviet jet removed from pensioner's garden after 3 decades

Germany, Cottbus
July 13, 2017 at 19:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

Journalist, (German): "And how long has it been here?"

Baumann (German): "Since '91, August '91."

A former Soviet jet which has sat in a pensioner's bed-and-breakfast garden for 26 years is set to be used as a museum in an airfield museum in Cottbus, Wednesday.

The 29-ton plane was used by the Stasi for anti-terror training and was left abandoned after German reunification in Vorpommern.

Even at nearly 30 metres long and with a 37 metre wingspan, the jet's interior is just 40cm too small for the Ernst Baunmann's original intention: to turn it into a cafe.

Instead after a lengthy battle with the trade office, the plane's former owner, 80, will part ways with the Communist era relic so it can be used at the museum.

The plane, a Tupelow 134, is just one of seven remaining in Germany.

Huge Soviet jet removed from pensioner's garden after 3 decades02:59
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Journalist, (German): "And how long has it been here?"

Baumann (German): "Since '91, August '91."

A former Soviet jet which has sat in a pensioner's bed-and-breakfast garden for 26 years is set to be used as a museum in an airfield museum in Cottbus, Wednesday.

The 29-ton plane was used by the Stasi for anti-terror training and was left abandoned after German reunification in Vorpommern.

Even at nearly 30 metres long and with a 37 metre wingspan, the jet's interior is just 40cm too small for the Ernst Baunmann's original intention: to turn it into a cafe.

Instead after a lengthy battle with the trade office, the plane's former owner, 80, will part ways with the Communist era relic so it can be used at the museum.

The plane, a Tupelow 134, is just one of seven remaining in Germany.

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