10 Mathias Rust Landed on Red Square

Mathias Rust Landed on Red Square

Posted on October 3, 2016 by marina

*Mathias Rust is landing on Red Square. May 28, 1987*

Mathias Rust nowadays.



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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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