Gjirokaster Castle

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Gjirokaster Castle hosts an early Cold War relic, a U.S. Air Force T-33 jet trainer. Neither a fighter nor a spy plane, it looks to date from the mid 1950s. It probably just got lost in bad weather flying from a NATO airbase in Italy and ended up making an emergency landing when it ran out of fuel in Albania right across the Adriatic Sea. One can imagine the joy felt by the Stalinist government of that era on finding an Imperialist Intruder in their grasp. There’s more photos and guesses about its origin:

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