Berlin: Sparks in the Sky

"I'm flying two meters above him. Now I can see his expression, and he can see mine . . . I wave him down . . . He waved back . . . He did not move . . . Can I get permission to shoot him down?"

These were the radioed words of a Soviet fighter pilot buzzing a Western transport plane in the skies near Berlin. Failing to get a reply from his Russian ground commander, the pilot did not fire. But the message, monitored by U.S. authorities, was evidence of dangerous...

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