the first Hungarian to fly in space
My second birthday is returning back from space - F.B. said.
Farkas Bertalan, the first Hungarian astronaut, was born 2nd August, 1949 in Gyulaháza. He took his final examination in Grammar School of György Bessenyei in Kisvarda.
He first tried to fly in Nyíregyháza and he and three of his classmates decided to sit for the Aviation Technical College. Three of them passed the exam with success. He graduated from the Aviation Technical College named after György Kilián and later was trained as an aviation officer in the Soviet Union.
. Between 1972 and 1978 he served as a fighter pilot at the Pápa fighter aviation unit.
In 1976 the Soviet Union made an offer of flying to astronauts from different countries. First 36 candidates were suitable from 95, but only 4 of them traveled to Star City near Moscow, belonged to Bertalan Farkas and Béla Magyari. Between 1978-1980 he was trained as an astronaut there. The Soyuz-36 spaceship left to space 20.20, 26 May 1980 in Hungarian time.
In 1980, within the framework of the program entitled intercosmos, together with Soviet astronauts, V. Kubasov, L Popov and V. Ryumin, he participated in an eight-day long space journey between 26 May and 3 June 1980. Following this space journey he received the awards of the Hero of Hungarian People's Republic and the Astronaut of Hungarian People's Republic.
It is history for who wasn't alive in 1980, who was born, perhaps hard to believe more than 20 years went by Bertalan Farkas, the first Hungarian cosmonaut flew in space.