|Behind the scenes|
|First Appearance:||The Red Sea Sharks|
|Last Appearance:||Flight 714|
Piotr Skut, originally from Estonia, learned to fly aeroplanes in his youth. During this time he first met Captain Haddock. Skut flies one of the Mosquito planes used by Sheik Bab El Ehr to seize power in Khemed, and his squad strafes the boat Tintin and Captain Haddock are crossing the Red Sea on. Tintin shoots down his plane with an assault rifle in self-defence, but later rescues him from the waters and Skut ends up marooned with the pair on a hastily-assembled life raft. Grateful for this treatment, Skut becomes a faithful friend and later refuses to betray Tintin and Haddock , instead sharing the rest of the adventure with them. He repairs the sabotaged radio of Ramona and calls for help, just in time to save the boat from a submarine attack.
Due to the adaptions being done out of order, the 90s animated version has Tintin know Skut already (as Flight 714 was adapted first). However, in this, he still knows Skut, as per the original album. so Skut is never introduced to Tintin , but known from some 'unknown' adventure.
Later, Skut became a private jet captain for millionaire Laszlo Carreidas and gets hijacked by his temporary crew. While crash landing on the Sondonesian island of Pulau-Pulau Bomba he initially a reluctant part of Roberto Rastapopoulos' mercenary crew who capture Tintin , Haddock and Calculus. He later switches sides and holds the Sondonesians captive whilst Tintin and Haddock thwart Rastapopolous' schemes.
"Skut" is pronounced "scoot" (IPA: [skuːt]). Neither Piotr, Skut nor Szut are plausible Estonian names, but Skut was rather an excuse for a gag, as when they first meet, Captain Haddock believes Skut is telling him to "scoot" rather than introducing himself. In the original French, the Captain mistakes the name "Szut" for "zut," the French exclamation of frustration.
In the German version of the The Red Sea Sharks, 'Kohle an Bord', Piotr is from Latvia, not from Estonia.