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THIS DAY IN AVIATION HISTORY: FRANCIS GARY POWERS U-2 SHOT DOWN
“Especially in light of the U-2 that was shot down over Cuba in 1962, I understood my father's frustration. All of the sudden, Washington officials were faced with the political dilemma of having to admit that the Soviets were more advanced than they realized,” Francis Gary Powers Jr. One of the most...
How U.S. secretly tested the A-12 RCS during the Cuban Missile Crisis
During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, nineteen SA-2 missile sites were constructed on the island supported by P-14 "Tall King" radars. Oxcart planners realized they had a unique opportunity to test the sensitivity of the latest in Soviet defense radars When the Lockheed U-2 made its first overflight of the Soviet Union...
The story of Carmine Vito, the only U-2 pilot to fly over Moscow
“I learned later that the Soviets launched at least five fighters to intercept my flight. Two planes took off initially. The lead plane aborted takeoff, ran off the runway, and exploded. The wingman went through lead’s flames and then bailed out. Two more airplanes scrambled and were refueled in the air. Those airplanes got lost or collided. The pilots...
The incredible story of the Air America UH-1D Huey that shot down a North Vietnamese AN-2 Colt biplane
The AN-2 pilot  was forced to reduce the speed and Woods fired an AK-47 rifle from his UH-1D at the cockpit of the Colt which went into a flat spin and crashed The incredible story of the first CIA air-to-air victory. In mid-1967 when Operation Rolling Thunder was underway the bad weather over North Vietnam made difficult to find and strike...

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