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  • Yes, the CIA Flew U-2 Spy Planes From Aircraft Carriers

    01/16/2014 8:21:12 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies via Real Clear Histroy ^ | January 13, 2014 | By Steve Weintz
    On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a CIA U-2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers. It was an international crisis for America’s intelligence agencies. A planned summit between Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was scuttled, much to Eisenhower’s embarrassment and to the fury of the Pakistanis, from whose territory the flight had been launched. First flown in 1957, the 63-foot-long, jet-powered U-2—capable of flying as high as 70,000 feet—is still used by the U.S. Air Force. But after the Powers incident, basing the plane in foreign countries became problematic. Their mere presence...
  • The Sad Fate of a Spy Plane

    07/14/2010 3:21:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 7/1/2010 | Joe Pappalardo
    1962 the Soviets swapped a U.S. airman to the Americans in return for their spies, but they kept the pilot's plane. Here's what happened to it. By Joe Pappalardo It looks like Russia and the U.S. are negotiating the biggest spy swap since the Cold War ended, as accused and convicted spies in both nations are set to be bartered, and some being moved from prisons in America to Vienna in anticipation of a deal. The episode harkens to the 1960s, when spies were traded to maintain the brittle peace between nations. The most famous of these cases involved Francis...
  • Downed U-2 pilot's son on own mission in Russia

    05/01/2010 3:45:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 504+ views
    MOSCOW — Fifty years ago Saturday, U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, a dramatic episode of the Cold War that pushed the rival superpowers closer to confrontation. Now his son has come to Moscow on a mission of his own: By telling his late father's story, he hopes to help preserve Cold War history and prevent future generations of Russians and Americans from ever again facing the threat of nuclear war. On May 1, 1960, Powers was in the cockpit of the world's highest-flying plane, concentrated on keeping...
  • U-2 Spy Plane Evades the Day of Retirement

    03/23/2010 6:02:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 54 replies · 1,549+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2010 | Cristopher Drew
    The U-2 spy plane, the high-flying aircraft that was often at the heart of cold war suspense, is enjoying an encore. Four years ago, the Pentagon was ready to start retiring the plane, which took its first test flight in 1955. But Congress blocked that, saying the plane was still useful. And so it is. Because of updates in the use of its powerful sensors, it has become the most sought-after spy craft in a very different war in Afghanistan. As it shifts from hunting for nuclear missiles to detecting roadside bombs, it is outshining even the unmanned drones in...
  • 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...