Mathias Rust

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Birthday
1, 1968
Birthplace
Germany
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
1, 1968 (age 52)
Birthplace
Germany

About

German pilot who landed illegally near Moscow's Red Square in 1987.

Before Fame

His desire to repair Cold War-era relations inspired him to undertake his near-suicidal flight.

Trivia

He was only eighteen years old when he made his historic flight, and he was quite an inexperienced pilot.

Family Life

He grew up in West Germany at the height of the Cold War.

Associated With

He was not intercepted while flying over 500 miles of Soviet territory. This fact led Mikhail Gorbachev to sack the Soviet aviation minister.