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(BBC)   25 years ago today, a 19 year old German boy bypassed all Soviet defenses to land a Cessna in Red Square, making it the most successful invasion of Russia in German history   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 20
    More: Interesting, Red Square, Cessna, Russia, Mathias Rust, Soviet, air defence, hard labour, West Germany  
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2012-12-07 10:50:35 AM  
3 votes:
Thank God we live in the USA and in a different time when anyone can land a Cesna airplane in front of the Capitol building without fear of being shot down while attempting to do so.

Seriously, doesn't it seem like you could change the whole story and make it work for 2012 America? 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the US is run a lot more like Communist Russia than I think anyone would have predicted.
2012-12-07 09:03:27 AM  
3 votes:

Smoky Dragon Dish: brimed03: Smoky Dragon Dish: "I couldn't believe I actually survived," he recalls

Balls of titanium.

Or, he was 19. We all felt invincible then...

I never felt THAT invincible. Then again, he stabbed a coworker, so maybe it was Der Krazy more than anything....


I'm going with crazy. Take a look at his route:

upload.wikimedia.org

He flew long over water legs alone in a single engine plane with only 50 hours of flying experience.  Keflavik to Bergen in over 800 nautical miles, and other than the Faroes, there ain't much in between.
2012-12-07 08:56:32 AM  
3 votes:

brimed03: Smoky Dragon Dish: "I couldn't believe I actually survived," he recalls

Balls of titanium.

Or, he was 19. We all felt invincible then...


I *WAS* invincible then. Witness the fact that I am still alive.
2012-12-07 11:22:59 AM  
2 votes:
An incredible breach of Russian security, and we learn that hundreds lost their jobs because of this spectacular failure. Fast forward to 9/11 and remind me again how many US officials in the intelligence and military communities lost their jobs over 9/11?
2012-12-07 09:18:18 AM  
2 votes:
kryhme
You've just been released from Russian prison after a stunt that almost cost you your life. How are you going to celebrate?

I'm going to stab a guy in a hospital.


That actually was:
"I'm going to ram a knife two times into a nursing student's stomach because she refuses to kiss me and calls me an attention whore."

/the girl might only have survived because she managed to drag herself from the staff changing room where the attack happened to a unit where a team had just gotten ready and was standing buy for a surgery.
2012-12-07 08:50:31 AM  
2 votes:
You've just been released from Russian prison after a stunt that almost cost you your life. How are you going to celebrate?

I'm going to stab a guy in a hospital.
2012-12-07 08:47:59 AM  
2 votes:

ComicBookGuy: Isn't he dead?


Hey now, Rust never sleeps.
2012-12-07 10:20:04 AM  
1 votes:

LoneDoggie: Might have been about the time we started realizing that the Soviet military infrastructure was a bit... Rusty?


It wasn't all that rusty, actually: They spotted him numerous times, but for a number of reasons didn't do anything about it. One major reason is that a small single engine plane like that wasn't perceived to be a military threat.

Another possible reason, one not talked much about, is that had they shot him down, it would have been a public relations nightmare: They had shot down two Korean Airlines passenger jets in the 10 years previous, one where they killed everyone on board and the other where they killed 2 people. It would have just made them look more like the "Evil Empire" that Ronald Reagan said they were.
2012-12-07 09:57:25 AM  
1 votes:
The battle station Soviet Union is heavily shielded and carries a firepower greater than half the star fleet. Its defenses are designed around a direct, large-scale assault. A small one-man fighter Cessna should be able to penetrate the outer defense.
2012-12-07 09:56:44 AM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: ObscureNameHere: ComicBookGuy: Isn't he dead?

Hey now, Rust never sleeps.

My, my, hey, hey.


Maybe he was trying to be some sort of Transformer Man flying by the light of a Harvest Moon, but he ended up Helpless in the hands of the Russians. I don't think he really has a Heart of Gold though.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-07 09:51:35 AM  
1 votes:
Adolf's colleague Benito got himself in trouble and cleaning up the mess in the Balkans delayed the invasion of Russia. If not for that we'd all be speaking English now.

/American
2012-12-07 09:15:57 AM  
1 votes:
Pretty nifty flying on his part- remember, this was in the days pre-GPS.
2012-12-07 09:14:15 AM  
1 votes:
He was just gonna hide out until the first strike blew over...then the little bugger would carry a 25-megaton bomb right down the middle of Main Street, Moscow. Like the mailman bringing bad news. We called it "Operation Got-You-Last".
2012-12-07 09:04:50 AM  
1 votes:
FTFA: Within a year of returning to Hamburg, Rust stabbed a colleague at a hospital where he worked and ended up behind bars again.

This guy is no hero, he's just a nutjob.
2012-12-07 09:02:10 AM  
1 votes:
Subby fails.

From the article:

"Exactly 25 years ago, the USSR Foreign Ministry announced that it had rejected an appeal by a German teenager against his prison sentence."

"On the morning of 28 May, he told air traffic control in Helsinki he would be heading to Stockholm, in Sweden. Even then he wasn't completely sure he would go through with it."

How did I know the subby failed to RTFA? Because I was there in Red Square when it happened.

and

Get off my lawn.
2012-12-07 08:59:49 AM  
1 votes:
Damn hippies.
2012-12-07 08:52:44 AM  
1 votes:

Smoky Dragon Dish: "I couldn't believe I actually survived," he recalls

Balls of titanium.


Or, he was 19. We all felt invincible then...
2012-12-07 08:51:07 AM  
1 votes:
The Soviet Air Defense did Nazi him coming.
2012-12-07 08:46:51 AM  
1 votes:
25 years ago today, a 19 year old German boy bypassed all Soviet defenses to land a Cessna in Red Square, making it the most successful invasion of Russia in German history since the Mongols in the 13th century
2012-12-07 08:18:53 AM  
1 votes:
What you never hear this the plane was actually loaded with Levis 501's and toilet paper and the kid made a fortune on the trip.
 
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