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Mayday! A detailed description of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 shoot-down
Losing a U-2 over the Soviet Union was the nightmare scenario, and Francis Gary Powers was not dreaming. It was around 6:20 on Sunday May 1, 1960 when a member of the crew pulled the ladder away and slammed the canopy shut. The pilot then locked it from the inside. As Francis Gary Powers taxied on...
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...

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