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01/05/1960 U-2 spy pilot Francis Powers is shot down and captured in USSR


Yesterday's Air Force: The U-2 and Gary Powers Incident


U2 Spyplane - Shotdown Francis Gary Powers - excerpt


U2 in USSR: Spy plane crash still a mystery 50 years on


Gary Powers Vindicated (1962)


History Brief: the U-2 Incident

During the Cold War, CIA decided to send a spy Gary Powers on a mission to Soviet Union airspace. He was performing a photographic reconnaissance with U-2 spy plane. The aircraft was hit by S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile and crashed near Yekaterinburg. He was subsequently captured by Soviets after parachuting.
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    • Essentials 

    • Personal 

    • Education and service 

    • The U-2 incident 

    • Reconnaissance mission 

    • Shot-down 

    • Attempted deception by the U.S. government 

    • Pilot testimony compromised by newspaper reports 

    • Political consequence 

    • Conviction 

    • CIA opposition to exchange 

    • The exchange 

    • Aftermath 

    • Praise 

    • Death 

    • Legacy 

    • In popular culture