Rudolf Peresin is a hero of the Homeland War. He was born on March 25, 1958. in Jaksinci in Gornja Stubica. He distinguished himself at the commencement of the war by the historic MIG 21 flight of the then JNA, on October 25, 1991, to Klagenfurt, Austria. On that occasion he said the famous sentence: “I am a Croat, I cannot and will not shoot at my people” – thus provoking the interest and sympathy of the world public for the suffering of the Croatian people. Upon his return to the country, he is made available to the HV and the Air Force, which he commands, for his aircraft to be hit on May 2, 1995, in Flash. After two and a half years of speculating on his fate, the Serbian side handed over his remains on August 4, 1997. He was buried on the Mirogoj Zagreb in the Alley of Croatian defenders.
June 24, 2004 the Rudolf Peresin Memorial Park was opened in Gornja Stubica, which houses a pilot statue and the canned MIG-21, which came from an overhaul in Velika Gorica. In honor of Rudolf Peresin, “Meetings for Rudy” are held every year, a manifestation that has long since grown into a local character and become a major social and cultural event in the whole of northwestern Croatia, as well as the largest and most visited flying event in all of Croatia.
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