Event Calendar

1960: U-2 Recon Plane Shot Down

Monday, May 1, 2017

1960: U-2 Recon Plane Shot Down

Description: 1 May 1960: U-2 recon plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union. In 2012, more than 50 years after the shoot-down, Powers was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for exhibiting 'exceptional loyalty' during long & intense interrogations while being held by the KGB and the Soviet Union for nearly 2 years. Photo of the U-2 wreckage is by Bettmann/CORBIN