Meet the Man Who Escaped the Soviet Bloc in a Homemade Plane

(camera focusing) (bug skittering) – [Voiceover] This here
is a darkling beetle. It lives out here in the vast
desert of northwest Utah. And he is on the move. Where to? I don’t have a clue. But I can tell you about the
town he’s leaving behind. (quiet country-western music) Welcome to Lucin, Utah. There’s abandoned cars, weeds. Once in a while, a
train will pass through. (distant train whistle) Yep, there’s not a
whole lot here in Lucin. Well, except for this man. (eagle screech, rattlesnake rattle) (bouncy orchestral music) But who is this man? This man who lives in an airplane hangar, who flies a Cessna to get
to his closest friends, who is this man? This man who lives in
the middle of nowhere? Who lives 25 miles from this
bar with this man inside? Who owns a bunch of guns,
works with machines, and made this thing? Who is this man? – [Ivo] My name is Ivo Zdarky
and this is where I live. (quiet orchestral music) – [Voiceover] As you’ve gathered, this man isn’t from around Lucin. He grew up in Czechoslovakia
before the fall of the USSR. He didn’t like it much. – [Ivo] It’s kind of hard to do anything. The communists were in power there. You cannot have your own business. It’s kind of difficult to fly there, so I kind of didn’t feel
like I could be myself. – [Voiceover] He really
wanted to leave the country, but it wasn’t easy. – [Ivo] There was Iron Curtain. They like, have machine gun towers and barbed wire to keep you in. They like to keep you. – [Voiceover] So when he was 24, he escaped the country
the only way he knew how. By flying across the border
in his self-built airplane. (ominous orchestral music) – So I drove up close to
the border between Austria and sometime like at three
o’clock in the morning I took off, and I just
glided over to Austria and I found myself Vienna
International Airport, and I landed there. And then I just showed
them my expired passport, and I asked for asylum. – [Voiceover] And the world took notice. (ominous music crescendos) – [Ivo] I guess they’d never
seen anything like that before. So I think they liked it. I liked it. (laughs) – [Voiceover] Ivo then moved to Los Angeles, and built up a successful airplane propeller business. (thunder crashes) But even LA. couldn’t fit his big ideas. – [Ivo] I kind of needed a
place to test my other idea which is hard to do it in
the middle of the city, that’s how I found this place in Utah. It was for sale, so I bought it, and I’ve been here for, like, eight years. – [Voiceover] And what was Ivo’s big idea that brought him to Lucin? Well, it’s behind that door over there. (“Trovatore, Act II,
Vedi, Le Fosche Notturne”) Inside sits an eight-propeller
flying machine, able to lift off and land vertically. It’s basically an
airplane-helicopter hybrid of sorts. It’s kind of funny looking, but the damn thing actually flies. So what’s Ivo’s next big project? A solar-powered aircraft? An innovative propeller design? Some kind of new way to fly? – [Ivo] The next big one
is the spear gun idea which actually, it works
better than I thought. That doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes I get really bad ideas. (laughs) (drumming) – [Voiceover] Even while inventing new spear guns and the like, Ivo still finds the time
to get out of the house. In fact, that’s him over there, hiking on the side of a mountain. It’s just him, nature,
and his customized rifle. – [Ivo] I take the gun with me because of the mountain lions. (lion growls) (symbol clap) (footsteps) – [Voiceover] However
treacherous the hike, it’s always worth it. You get a good view of Lucin. It actually looks pretty
nice from here, don’t it? (quiet country-western music) You know, I still wonder, why did that darkling beetle
ever leave this place? Maybe Lucin wasn’t right
for the little guy. Maybe it’s escaping to the next place where it can be itself. For Ivo, though, looks like
this might be his last stop. – [Ivo] Kind of realized that
this is what I always wanted. I kept escaping until I escaped to Lucin, and now I don’t have
anywhere else to escape. I’m kind of stuck here. (laughs) – [Off Camera voice]
That was a great answer. (laughter) – Well, no, it’s also a
truth, if you think about it.

100 comments on “Meet the Man Who Escaped the Soviet Bloc in a Homemade Plane”

  1. DVRKN3SS says:

    He protecc
    He attacc
    But most importantly
    He fly over Soviet bloc

  2. Russian Tanker says:

    Russia : It was our plan and he has been brain washed.

  3. Milan Haver says:

    He is a legend

  4. Positively Negative says:

    San andreas

  5. alex wasike says:

    The intro …hooooooot

  6. Da Vid says:

    Lol hes originally from my country

  7. oliver eggenberger says:

    He protecc
    He attac
    But most importantly
    He defecc

  8. Zach says:

    why didnt u just take a normal plane like a normal person dumb idiot

  9. PewDie Pie says:

    Stop giving Mr beast ideas

  10. dirt rally fantic says:

    Black ops 2 zombies

    You know what I mean

  11. Living Prius reppelant says:

    Why is their logo punk


    YouTube did it again.

  13. Peter S says:

    Wow he's lived a full life!

  14. Roblox_Playz says:

    Lucky he has his own famas

  15. New England Views says:

    I think they liked it 🤔 I liked it 😆

  16. Colten Dixon says:

    Intense intro bro

  17. Jarx Gaming says:

    Me : omg I can build a PC

    Guy : 🤣funny

  18. Yangtze says:

    Single-handedly beat the Warsaw pact at their game

  19. X4MP says:

    I thought the beetle Walked over a map

  20. JoJoTag says:

    took the idea from that zombie map in bo2

  21. superhype kid21 says:

    At least he didn't get in a gulag

  22. deezynar says:

    This video has had over 3 million views. I hope that Ivo hasn't had a bunch of unannounced visitors to his place bothering him.

  23. xXTraitorXx games-stuff says:


  24. Bamba Squad says:

    Is that the guy that made a motorcycle with a car?

  25. Kevin Chen says:

    inhale “WHO IS THIS MAN!?”

    My name is Ivo Zdarsky and this is where I live

  26. Demon Gamer says:

    Lady's and gentlemen…
    Meet the world's amazing loner

  27. peanut says:

    Who’s mans is this

  28. Comrade Dyatlov says:

    A Czech that’s good with tools, guns and engineering? Jk, they rock and are among some of the best firearm makers in the world

  29. Nìght Röád says:

    Soldiers: None can pass these gatling gun towers and barbed wire fences.

    Ivo: Hold my vodka.

  30. WPIzercos says:

    weird flex, but ok

  31. Jesus Corrales says:

    David donrij

  32. Dy7o says:

    yo why doesnt he have legs

  33. B R I C K. says:

    I love how he’s so casual about escaping the USSR

  34. xlil 2 says:


  35. Plasminium says:


  36. triforce champion says:

    Hey , I live in utah

  37. товарищ мартин says:

    Its VTOL Aircraft
    Vertical Take Of and Landing

  38. Alexander Falkenberg says:


  39. damb fak says:

    Hmmmm Čechoslovák? 😀

  40. Xquizxt says:

    Wow Gru lost weight

  41. Rohan Maharana says:

    That commentary tho❤️❤️👀

  42. A. Theil says:

    Amazing intro

  43. Nathaann says:


  44. kk coe meu consagrated says:

    Can I be Ivo's friend?

  45. William Howard Taft says:

    …and THE BABY HAMMOCK!!!

  46. ItchyPilauBoto808 says:

    Are you playing Soviet music? The very thing he wanted to escape? Lol

  47. GaMEs_INsiDe says:

    Stalin: mission failed we will get em next time

  48. 420GRAVES420 says:

    this guy is so awesome lmao

  49. Armanite Rock Ironbond says:

    Gotta respect those zildjian cymbals though

  50. remy marius says:

    Wooohh best intro ever

  51. Cape King2233 says:

    Why did I think he had no legs????🤔

  52. Roderick Summerrise says:

    Song, pls?

  53. Lochy says:

    I THOUGHT HE WAS CZECH/SLOVAK WHEN I HEARD HIS ACCENT! Typical Czech accent! 😄 btw quick reminder is, that czechoslovakia wasn’t a part of the soviet union. 🙂

  54. Chair says:

    I love how russia names block

    B L O C

  55. Ur Mom says:

    Cyka blyat

  56. Golden Shepherd says:

    Wtf was that intro tho

  57. Cs V says:


  58. CosmicCheezBall _ says:

    This guy sounds like gru (from despicable me) on crack


    This man can build planes and I can’t even build ikea furniture

  60. Michael Alberto says:

    Low budget terrorism

  61. Spaghetti Sauce • 15 centuries ago says:

    The narrator sounds like a character from call of duty telling a war story

  62. Cooper Lee says:

    Sounds live shwaz

  63. A youtuber 1mil says:


  64. Newbop says:

    Ooh, Sabaton could write a song about this guy

  65. STB Dev says:

    NEVER have i clicked so Fast.

  66. TheCesar says:

    He bout to spreadd a mountain lion😂

  67. nora the noodle says:

    the government: wait that’s illegal

  68. Thomas the Paramedic says:

    Češi dotoho, Češi dotoho xd

  69. Jedi solo says:

    It's just a big drone

  70. 10000 Subscribers With No Videos says:

    He sounds like the dude from despicable me

  71. ramdom vidz says:

    his wife is so skinny =D..

  72. c0mpu73rguy says:

    The intro was amazing.

  73. Adam Alieff says:

    dude looked like luke skywalker

  74. Sunkissed Showers LPS says:

    I think that this guy is god reincarnated.

  75. Jack Durbin says:

    A great American

  76. Gyara YT says:

    Tbh the whole "cars" Vibe i get out of this video makes it one of my favorites on youtube.

  77. MarcAMOO says:

    1:18 NiCe PeAnUtS

  78. creamy boi says:

    Casually walks through the deserst with a custom rifle.

  79. Mr. Galaxy says:

    Soviet pilot, with his GROZA blyat…

  80. EverythingChallengesHD says:

    How does he have wifi

  81. Andrews Animations says:

    Real life example of Russian bias. If he was from anywhere else, his glider would've been shot down in seconds due to rng.


    the thumbnail I thought hes an amputee

  83. Aneizi says:

    The Intro got me going crazy

  84. 1,000 subsrcibers without videos says:

    Me getting out of Area 51 be like

  85. Steven Gagnon says:

    This genius built a vertical lift airplane! He is too awesome i love it! Awesome story god bless you Ivo

  86. Steven Gagnon says:

    Is that a Kel-Tec RDB?

  87. 100k subscribers without any videos Challenge! ! says:

    Thats is low budget musk ..doing space x 😂

  88. kirati says:

    That commentary though.

  89. Adam says:

    Technically he escaped in a hang glider, not a plane.

  90. joek money says:

    Another immigrant in America wtf if he was black they would have shot his ass Down

  91. Fritz John Batucan says:

    Looks like Area 51

  92. Pe6ek says:

    From one Czech person to another, please learn to pronounce the letter “r“.

  93. I Dig Ohio says:

    He just needs a trusting friend nearby to share ideas with and to help each other build stuff. I'll come to Lucin!!

  94. Unnecessarily LongName says:

    1:10 immediately knew that he's czech 😂😂 due to his accent lmao

  95. TheEpicMilker 420 says:

    What’s that song on 3:13

  96. Juan DelaCruize says:

    Wait till he flies over area 51

  97. Drew G says:

    Dude is a badass! And so is the narrator dude

  98. Ryder21 says:

    4:13 You may leave Slav, Slav never leaves you

  99. TraceOn says:

    Ghost girafe, are you?

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