The #1 threat to pilots

Boris Badenov

This is no laughing matter.
There's a "Bears"/"Eating" joke in here somewhere, but I'm too chicken to go on to the internet to find it.


The Soviets sent their cosmonauts up with a 9MM in their survival kits and later a wild three-barreled side-by-side shotgun with another rifled barrel for hunting.

In March 1965, cosmonaut Alexey Leonov landed a mechanically-faulty Voskhod space capsule in the snowy forests of the western Urals … 600 miles from his planned landing site.

For protection, Leonov had a nine-millimeter pistol. He feared the bears and wolves that prowled the forest—though he never encountered any. But the fear stayed with him. Later in his career, he made sure the Soviet military provided all its cosmonauts with a survival weapon.
Leonov’s lobbying efforts culminated in the TP-82. It was essentially a sawed-off, double-barreled shotgun with a short-barreled rifle added onto it. It was good for hunting small game, while packing a big enough punch to deter a 1,000-pound brown bear.
One report said it was an Mi-8, two other say it was a Robinson. The pilat was a well-known biathlete.

The area where they crashed is known as "The Valley of the Geysers," which was "discovered" only in 1941 and is still only practically accessible by helicopter.



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You don't have to be a raging socialist to smile at a headline that starts with "Bears Eat Wealthy Couple ..."
Imagine your death being laid bear in front of the world. Bear in mind, none of us would appreciate that. It would bearly be considered tolerable.