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  Lockheed U-2A Serial Number 56-6693 (Item 360) 
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Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed. Delivered to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as "Item 360".

Mission History
On May 1, 1960 took off piloted by CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers. Shot down by a Soviet anti-aircraft missile over the Ural Mountains.

Fate of the Pilot
Powers was captured and later put on trial and convicted as a spy.

Wreckage
After the crash, the wreckage of this U-2 was recovered and studied by the Soviet Union.

Afterwards, the wreckage was placed on display at several museums.

Other wreckage is displayed at the Museum of Military Technology, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) near where the plane was shot down.

Other wreckage is displayed at the Central Museum of the Armed Forces in Moscow. The display includes the pilot's seat, exterior skin wreckage and a portion of the cockpit frame.

References
Bridge of Spies (2015) depicts this U-2 mission

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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