A Japanese businessman has bought the single-engine Cessna airplane Mathias Rust flew into Red Square last year, it was reported Wednesday.
The West German, then 19, evaded sophisticated anti-aircraft detection systems when he landed near the Kremlin on May 28, 1987, causing a shakeup of the Soviet military command responsible for security. The Soviets released Rust on Aug. 3 after 15 months in prison.The airplane the Hamburg amateur pilot used for his flight has been purchased by a Japanese businessman, the ZDF television network reported. It did not give the buyer's name or the price paid.
After the plane was returned to Germany, Azuma Royal, a Munich cosmetics firm, bought it for a reported $81,000 from the owner, a private pilots club near Hamburg.