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