Cold War
Pilot Gary Powers

Gary Powers was an American pilot who was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over Soviet Union airspace in 1960. The plane Powers was flying was a U-2 spy plane belonging to the Central Intelligence Agency. Powers was captured by Soviet Forces and held prisoner until February 10, 1962, when he was released in exchange for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. This video shows historical footage from the time of the incident, including a statement from U.S. State Department spokesman Lincoln White and footage from the wreckage of the plane.

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