February 10, 1962 Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977) was an American pilot whose Central Intelligence Agency U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over Soviet Union airspace, causing the 1960 U-2 incident.
The 1960 U-2 incident occurred during the Cold War on 1 May 1960, during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and during the leadership of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, when a United States U-2 spy plane was shot down over the airspace of the Soviet Union.
On this day in history May 1st 1960 Francis Gary Powers is shot down over the Soviet Union taking photos from his Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance plane. This incident froze whatever diplomatic strides had been made in the fifties and built even greater levels of distrust between the powers. #history #fanpage #followme by quick.history
This is the seventh unit in a series covering the Cold War. It is a reading activity that includes three lessons describing the Kitchen Debate between President Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the history of the Berlin Wall, and the U-2 spy plane incident that greatly soured U.S.-Soviet relations.
Operation Overflight: A Memoir of the U-2 Incident (Paperback)