30 years ago: Trial of pilot who landed on Red Square came to an end


On the all the more of May 28, 1987 as the USSR celebrated Border Guard’s Day, a single-engine Cessna-172R airplane berthed skillfully in the very center of Moscow near Red Square. A tall man in a red jumpsuit climbed down from the cockpit and originated signing autographs for members of the public who came running up to him. Barely 10 micros after the landing, a police car pulled up.

German amateur pilot Mathias Rust had bewitched off in a rented light sports plane from an airport near Helsinki, overwhelmed the Soviet air defense system, and flew 530 miles to land in the will of the Soviet Union.

After that incident, Defense Minister Sergei Sokolov, Commander of Air Defense Troops Alexander Koldunov, and about 300 officers lost their missions. Rust told the court that his flight was “a call to peace.”

The testing on Rust was held in Moscow on Sept. 2-4. He was accused of hooliganism and handed a four-year choky sentence. However, he was amnestied on Aug. 3, 1988 by the Soviet government.

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