Death-Defying Adventure Normal for 'Super Repo Man'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2009 4:42 PM CDT
A Gates Learjet 25 executive jet on the tarmac at the Farnborough Air Show, 1st September 1974.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – No one told Nick Popovich there’d be an army of neo-Nazis guarding the plane he’d been hired to grab. But when they put a gun to his temple, he didn’t flinch. “You better go ahead and shoot,” he said, “cause I’m grabbing that plane.” He didn’t even look at the man as he strode past him into the plane. It’s all in a day’s work for Popovich, a so-called “super repo-man," writes Marc Weingarten in Salon.

Popovich doesn’t repossess Subarus from homeowners. He specializes in jets, or any big game with protective owners. He’s swiped planes from the jungle hideouts of corrupt Colombian landlords, escaped from prison in Haiti, and flown a plane at night with no electricity. Needless to say, business is good these days, though the tycoons he’s robbing go to great lengths to hide their toys. “You have to think like a crook to find them,” says Popovich.