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  • 1962: Russia frees US spy plane pilot (History Today)

    02/10/2006 5:47:38 PM PST · by oxcart · 11 replies · 554+ views
    BBC.CO.UK ^ | 02/10/2006 | Unknown
    1962: Russia frees US spy plane pilot American spy plane pilot Captain Francis "Gary" Powers has been freed from prison in the Soviet Union in exchange for a Russian spy jailed in the US. Gary Powers was sentenced to 10 years in a Soviet prison after his U-2 plane was shot down over Russia in May 1960. But on Saturday Captain Powers, 32, walked into West Berlin across a bridge separating the city's east and western sectors. At the same time Russian spy Colonel Rudolph Abel crossed in the opposite direction. Colonel Abel had served five years of a 30-year...