As my physics prof used to say, if you’re going to do something illegal, make sure you’re only doing one illegal thing at a time
Manfred Ramminger was also an architect and drove a silver Ferrrari 250 GTO as a professional racing driver.
Which means he’s probably the closest thing to an actual spy-movie spy that the world has ever produced.
One of my favorite parts of the story is that he only got four years in prison, instead of a longer sentence, because the judge was so mad about the lax security at the air force base
@RobinHood “Together with his Polish driver Josef Linowski and German F-104 Starfighter pilot Wolf-Diethard Knoppe, [Ramminger] stole an operational AIM-9 from the local ammunition depot and transported it down the entire runway on a wheelbarrow to his Mercedes sedan, parked outside the base.”
@RobinHood no one man should have all that coolness
@RobinHood Act like you belong and you're supposed to be doing what you're doing and you can get away with almost anything, a brilliant example
@IrisKalmia if you have a hard hat and a clipboard, nothing is off limits
@RobinHood I have a polo shirt with a well known industrial company on it, that is also a powerful tool
@RobinHood Also I just read he didn't even serve the full length of it which makes it even better
Wow. That is nuts.
How on earth do you ship something as big as a sidewinder missile tho? That must be expensive af
@Alonealastalovedalongthe he disassembled it into its components and shipped them all in one big box. According to court records, it cost $79.25
I really don't understand how he only got four years. He single handedly eliminated a significant advantage in the power balance between nato and russian militaries?
Is it because he was rich?
@Alonealastalovedalongthe part of the reason he only got four years was that the judge was so mad at the airforce for having terrible security.
He didn’t even serve all four years though, he was exchanged in a prisoner swap, if I remember correctly.
Yah I mean I get that and I am not a fan of jail but we are talking about a weapon that shifts the balance of air superiority which in turns shifts geopolitical strategy in general.
I would think nowadays US government would have forced the guy to be extradited to the US and he woulda been thrown into a deep dark cell somewhere for a lonnngggg time.
Not that I would have wanted that, but I would expect nothing less from my government lol
AS ONE DOES
@RobinHood My take on 'drive it like you stole it' is obeying all traffic laws, because you don't want to draw unwanted attention to yourself.
@RecursiveRabbit *criminal in jail, talking to his criminal pals*
“What if, next time, and bear with me here, we drove it...like we hadn’t stolen it?”
One crime at a time
@RobinHood this entire thread makes me scream
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