We know Dima is a thoughtful young man with a tender heart. But what about his Soviet-fighter-pilot dad? How alike are they? It’s time to get to know the general better. Remember the powerful friendships of your youth? So does Borin!
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Interesting bit of trivia: US and NATO air forces standardized on purified kerosine as fue at the beginning of the jet era. The Soviet Union and the Warsaw pact, however, burned ethanol. In other words, straight grain alcohol. When Borin speaks of soldiers drinking up the fuel, he’s not joking. That was a big problem during the Soviet era.
The Black Sea and certain resorts in Ukraine were very popular as holiday destinations for Soviet military officers and Party apparatchiks. Even very junior officers often received time off and subsidized travel for summer holidays on the sea. Borin, Ahmed, Arkady, and his sisters celebrated Academy graduation with just such a jaunt.
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