In the final years of the Cold War, a scared 19-year-old German landed a Cessna in Moscow’s Red Square

Pasted_Image_4_24_16__1_21_PMMathias Rust wanted to create an “imaginary bridge” bringing East and West closer together. Things didn’t quite work out for him. He tells his story to Love + Radio.

In 1987, during the last years of the Cold War, a West German teenager with only about 50 hours of flying experience rented a Cessna and departed on a two week trip. His goal was to fly over the Iron Curtain and land in Moscow.

Rust’s Wikipedia entry contradicts the story he tells to Love + Radio in a couple of minor but significant points.