Saturday, 8 December 2012
It 's 25 years since a 19-year-old German, Mathias Rust, evaded Soviet surveillance and flew his flying club's light aircraft to the heart of Moscow and landed close to the Kremlin. His first stopping point on the zig-zag journey from home was Shetland. He stayed for a day and then flew on to the Faroe Islands and Iceland before changing course completely. Read more of this epic journey that caused consternation in what was seen as a fortress nation, although its foundations certainly were crumbling. Four years later, on Christmas Day 1991, the USSR was dissolved. Rust had earlier exposed a chink in its armour. Does anyone recall his calling at Sumburgh or Tingwall?
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