Soviet Union Four Years for a Fun Flight

Rust draws a stiff sentence for his Red Square lark

The defendant in the third-floor chamber of Moscow's Supreme Court building was the very model of youthful sobriety: hair neatly trimmed, blue suit and tie immaculate, testimony carefully punctuated by respectful expressions of "please" and "if I may." But several times in the course of his three- day trial last week, 19-year-old Mathias Rust came close to abandoning his otherwise expressionless demeanor. It happened whenever witnesses described his spectacular arrival in Moscow last May 28, when, after single-handedly piloting a Cessna 172 across 500 miles of heavily guarded Soviet territory, Rust buzzed the Kremlin and landed just off Red Square in...