Weapons of the “Cold War”: the remains of the American reconnaissance aircraft Lockheed U-2

Weapons of the “Cold War”: the remains of the American reconnaissance aircraft Lockheed U-2.On 1 May 1960, a United States U-2 spy plane was shot down by the Soviet Air Defence Forces while performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep into Soviet territory. The single-seat aircraft, flown by pilot Francis Gary Powers, was hit by an S-75 Dvina (SA-2 Guideline) surface-to-air missile and crashed near Sverdlovsk (today’s Yekaterinburg). Powers parachuted safely and was captured.

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