U-2 Plane in Flight

Francis Gary Powers, working for America's CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) on May 1, 1960, was flying a Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory when his plane was struck by a surface-to-air (SAM) missile.

This U.S. Air Force photo depicts a U-2 in fight. The USAF provides more information about this high-flying plane:

The U-2 provides continuous day or night, high-altitude, all-weather, stand-off surveillance of an area in direct support of U.S. and allied ground and air forces. It provides critical intelligence to decision makers through all phases of conflict, including peacetime indications and warnings, crises, low-intensity conflict and large-scale hostilities.

The U-2 is a single-seat, single-engine, high-altitude, reconnaissance aircraft. Long, wide, straight wings give the U-2 glider-like characteristics. It can carry a variety of sensors and cameras, is an extremely reliable reconnaissance aircraft, and enjoys a high mission completion rate.

Because of its high altitude mission, the pilot must wear a full pressure suit. The U-2 is capable of collecting multi-sensor photo, electro-optic, infrared and radar imagery, as well as performing other types of reconnaissance functions.

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Media Credits

United States Air Force photo 021107-O-9999G-031 by an unnamed photographer. Public Domain.


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