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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
    More: Interesting, Red Square, Cessna, Russia, Mathias Rust, Soviet, air defence, hard labour, West Germany  
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2012-12-07 08:50:31 AM  
6 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 08:51:07 AM  
4 votes:
The Soviet Air Defense did Nazi him coming.
2012-12-07 08:47:59 AM  
3 votes:

ComicBookGuy: Isn't he dead?

Hey now, Rust never sleeps.
2012-12-07 08:56:32 AM  
2 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 10:50:35 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:16:55 AM  
1 vote:
Twenty five years ago we learned that the USSR was a hollow shell and holes were starting to appear in its shell.

Today Russia would make damn sure it blew the kid out of the sky, then a photo op would be arranged of Putin pulling the trigger (staged after the fact of course).

I'd like to say things have gotten better in that part of the world and in some ways they have, but Russia's addiction to Czars and Czar wannabes has to end or someone some day will end them...and likely they'll be reading the Koran when they are finished.
2012-12-07 10:16:29 AM  
1 vote:

Carn: What a crazy (and lucky) asshole. For those who dnrtfa, it says he was spotted by a mig shortly after he crossed the border but they mistook him for a friendly because there had been a search and rescue going on as well as training. Also he wouldn't have been able to land but they had removed cables on the bridge he landed on that morning for maintenance.

The fact that Gorby used it as a reason to purge the upper echelon of his armed forces makes me wonder if it wasn't an inside job of some sort. BRING ON THE RED SQUARE TRUTHERS!
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-07 09:51:35 AM  
1 vote:
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.

2012-12-07 09:31:11 AM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: 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.

1) How many parsecs did it take?
2) Holy shiat.
2012-12-07 09:22:29 AM  
1 vote:
Yes, this is burned fried egg on my head.

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2012-12-07 09:18:54 AM  
1 vote:
Put a swastika on that plane and see if the mig does a flyby.
2012-12-07 09:02:10 AM  
1 vote:
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.


Get off my lawn.
2012-12-07 08:18:53 AM  
1 vote:
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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