The Space Shuttle-Well kind of

During the Cold War, the USSR built a look-alike space shuttle to compete with the U.S. program. The development of the “Buran” began in the early 1970s as a response to the U.S. Space Shuttle program. Soviet officials were concerned about a perceived military threat posed by the U.S. Space Shuttle. In their opinion, theContinue reading “The Space Shuttle-Well kind of”

Mathias Rust, the young German pilot who flew illegally to Moscow, 1987.

Mathias Rust (born 1 June 1968) is a German aviator known for his illegal landing near Red Square in Moscow on 28 May 1987. An amateur pilot, he flew from Helsinki, Finland to Moscow, being tracked several times by Soviet air defense and interceptors. The Soviet fighters never received permission to shoot him down, andContinue reading “Mathias Rust, the young German pilot who flew illegally to Moscow, 1987.”