Today in aviation history – 1st May

On 1st May 1960 an American spy plane (U-2) operated by Gary Powers was downed on USSR territory. U-2 was a high-altitude pathfinder aircraft. Those aircrafts were used for reconnaissance missions on territory of USSR, China, Cuba and Eastern Bloc countries. Powers was captured by Soviet authorities, accused of espionage and convicted for 3 years. He was released in February 1962.