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Gagarin's career saved by a pillow?

Moscow, Russia - His short height could have prejudiced the resounding success of a such famous Russian cosmonaut

After 43 years from Gagarin's launch in the space, it is known in Russia that not everything always was ok during his youngness spent as a fighter pilot in Russian Air Force. It seems in fact that Gagarin would have seriously risked to prejudice his future as an astronaut due to his short height. Gagarin had an opportunity to pass the last examination in order to fly on an one seat airplane only thanks...

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency