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U-2a

U-2a

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U-2 Incident (1960)
The U-2 Incident strained the relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union
Planning the U-2
President Eisenhower anxious of Soviet rapid technological achievementsWas afraid of Soviets having an ICBMLate 1954- Eisenhower approve AQUATONE, plan to send spy planes over Soviet UnionEssentially U-2 glider with a jet engine, could fly up to 70,000 feet, and 4,000 miles without refuelingTHe CIA began flying 24 missions over Soviet Union starting July 4, 1956Eisenhower feared Soviet Union would think it was hostile, but he needed the information
President Eisenhower1953-1961
“In a nuclear war, there can be no victors- only losers.” (Eisenhower)
U-2 PlaneBy: Marissa Jensen and Zach Fried
 
The Crash of the U-2
Sending Powers
Soviet Union had seen the U-2 Planes flying overhead, but were unable to destroy them with their SAM missilesSInce they could not destroy them, the Soviet Union was too embarrassed to make a public outcryFebruary and March, 1960- Eisenhower authorized two U-2 flights for the upcoming Summit meeting between U.S., Soviet Union, Britain, and France and Eisenhower was trying to gain information on USSR ICBM developmentMidway through second flight on May 1, 1960, U-2 pilot Gary Powers shot down because Soviet Union had prior knowledge of Powers’ location
Powers Caught
Powers managed to survive with a parachute and Soviets able to collect the mostly intact U-2The leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, was especially angry because it was May Day, a Communist holidayU.S. assumed that the pilot was dead and the plane too destroyed to identify, instead it was simply a weather plane that crashedImmediately afterwards, The USSR revealed that it was a spy plane and was charging Powers with espionage
U-2 Plane CrashGary Powers with his U-2 Plane

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