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.
Major Merryl (David) Tengesdal The First and Only Black Woman to Fly the Air Force's Elite U-2 Spy Plane. Update 9-22-2016: Merryl is next in line to earn her bars to become an Airforce General. Our family is proud of her history-making achievements.
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.
Still Mysterious: Gary Powers and the Spy Plane Incident: 1962: Gary Powers, the American spy pilot shot down over Russia, with a model of the U 2 spy plane at a Senate Armed Forces Committee in Washington.