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Russia's Putin takes to sky to lead flight of cranes

Alexsey Druginyn / Kremlin - Ria Novosti via Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a crane as he sits in a motorised deltaplane in the Yamalo-Nenets district on September 5, 2012.

Alexei Druzhinin / AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin flies in a motorized hang glider alongside two Siberian white cranes, on the Yamal Peninsula, in Russia Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012.

NBC News staff and wire services reports: MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin took his love of wildlife to new heights Wednesday by flying with endangered cranes to help lead them on a migration route.

Putin donned a baggy white costume with a spacious helmet and goggles and was shown in media reports flying with a copilot in a motorized deltaplane light aircraft. Putin flew a test flight followed by two flights with the cranes, Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported. Continue reading the full story.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has piloted an ultralight to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight. NBC's Karl Bostic reports.


Russian President Vladimir Putin, (foreground) flies in a motorized hang glider alongside two Siberian white cranes.


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