10 Mathias Rust Landed on Red Square

Mathias Rust Landed on Red Square

Posted on October 3, 2016 by marina



May 28, 1987 the aircraft of 18-year-old German Mathias Rust landed on Red Square. What was it? A provocation of special services, marketing course or a hooliganism? There is no answer.

Mathias Rust left Helsinki airport "Malami" on May 28. The ultimate goal of the sport aircraft Cessna was Stockholm. Finnish staff perplexed: there was no more than an hour and a half to Sweden, but the aircraft tanks were filled to capacity. Mathias, of course, was not going to the Swedish capital. His purpose was Moscow but at that moment no one could even imagine it, so the flight was allowed. The first 20 minutes of the flight, the pilot was going along designated route, then he contacted the dispatcher, said he was all right and said goodbye. On that day, he no longer contacted anyone by radio. 

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Shortly after Mathias turned off all means of communication, his plane disappeared from radar screens. In the place of the latest aircraft coordinate, the rescue team was dispatched urgently, which found an oil slick of impressive size on the surface of the sea. The plane was decided to be crashed. Rescuers even summoned to the aid of divers, so they combed the bottom in search of Matthias. Later, "the Kremlin flyer" received from the Finnish authorities an account for a false alarm in the amount of 100 thousand dollars. The origin of the oil spot remained a mystery. 


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10 Responses to “Mathias Rust Landed on Red Square”

  1. Papa Karlo says:

    The Korean Boeing was not shot “presumably” – the Soviet initially denied it but later accepted full responsibility for shooting it down, although claimed that it was a “spy plane”.

    And please don’t use google translator so much – it should say “no order to destroy the target” rather than “no order to defeat the purpose”.

    • Memory of Trees says:

      Ita was a mistake. An error.
      Mistakes happen when military spying and hostile “exercises” take place constantly in sensible areas. More or less like today… The only difference is that the US is much more aggressive, and at the same time, much more paranoid than in the 1980’s.

      Now, get your meds, it’s late.

  2. Papa Karlo says:

    Although Rust got mentally ill, but this happend after his flight. It is possible that he became ill as a result of his spending a year in Russia. Soviets had a common practice of injecting political prisoners with really nasty staff. Several Soviet dissidents such as Novodvorskaya are well-known examples of this. Especially if Soviets believed Rust was a spy, they may have wanted to try to torture out some information from him.

    • Papa Karlo says:

      Stuff, not staff, of course.

    • Philip Jennings says:

      …”Rust got mentally ill, but this happend after his flight….”. –LOL. Trust me, flying to the Soviet Union and landing in the Red Square, means you already are mentally deranged. Try to do that in the Washington Mall, and let us know how it goes.

  3. Douglas says:

    Rust landed in Red Square and Michael Fagan sat on the Queen’s bed inside Buckingham Palace….good for them. My kind of heroes.!

  4. George Semel says:

    I remember that I got several thousands of hours in Cessna 172’s, its a very good airplane, easy to learn to fly in one, easy on keeping it in an airworthy condition! And it’s a very good first airplane to buy if you are going in for aircraft ownership, I owned and sold a dozen of them over the years! As for Rust, he is nothing but an airplane thief, I never heard that the then Soviets returned the airplane to its owners! Hard airplane to intercept, it flies at around 110 Knots, and low enough to get lost in the ground clutter! I hope the guys on the radars that day didn’t get into any more trouble that does better next time! You never with the soviets they were an odd bunch that took offense on just about everything! Rust was stupid and gave a lot of us pilots a black eye with his the lack of responsibility! You don’t fly across national borders with out clearance and a flight plan!

  5. dustin says:

    The “in the air” photo, of course, is a stock photo of a Cessna (with a US registration number). But useful for the narrative sequence.

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