On this day…

img_0319On this day, 30 years ago

The day a plane landed in Red Square, Moscow. 

An 18 year-old, inexperienced pilot, Mathias Rust, later deemed “psychologically unstable and unworldly in a dangerous member,” evaded the entire Soviet Air Defence system to land on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, adjacent to Moscow’s Red Square.

His action has been credited with directly leading to the biggest turnover in the Soviet military since Stalin’s purges 50 years earlier, playing a peculiar part in the detente that led to the ending of the Cold War.

Extraordinary story.

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