NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

U2

19th August, 1960 : A Soviet court today sentenced Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot, to ten years detention for flying a spy mission over the Soviet Union. Powers, who was shot down near Sverdlovsk, the Soviet armaments centre in the Urals, will spend three years in prison and the rest in a labour camp. Powers, pleading guilty at the three-day trial, said he was sorry and had acted on orders from the Central Intelligence Agency. His high-flying reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a ground-to-air missile after flying over Soviet missile sites and arms factories from a US base in Pakistan. The flight led to the collapse of the summit in Paris between President Eisenhower and Premier Khrushchev, and the cancellation of the President’s planned visit to the Soviet Union.

[ Conspiracy theories and human sufering (Power and his family) aside, the result was probably beneficial to the mankind. Canny apparatchik Khrushchev would have ran rings round Carter-like Eisenhower. ]

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