Behind The Iron Curtain:To Russia With Love

On this day 22 years ago a young German pilot Mathias Rust landed a small Cessna in the middle of the Red Square in Moscow, bypassing all the “impenetrable” air defenses. In the aftermath a huge shake-up was conducted in the Soviet Army leadership, and Rust spent 432 days in jail. Just 35 years before that it would have been a bloodshed. Times, they were a-changing…


  • JustCara

    Weirdly, I completely remember that day – could even tell you the pilot’s name and the plane.

  • I remember when that happened. Hard to imagine that it was 22 years ago.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    I’m commenting on this post because comments are closed on the “I think I’ll go home post.”

    If you’re saying goodbye to blogging, you big turd ! At least you could have given us a chance to say goodbye.

  • well, I didn’t want to burn any bridges. nothing like collecting all the good-bye’s and then coming back in a month or two

  • midtown miscreant

    That makes you smarter than me. See you in a week or three hopefully.

  • Alan

    Weirdly, that scared the hell out of me. I had some childish assumption that Russians might fly to Kansas and bomb me.

  • R U OK?
    Come back!

  • Have I told you lately how much I appreciate your blog? I’ve been meaning to. Hope you’re enjoying your vacation!!!