U.S.S.R.: Next Stop Moscow

The possibility of direct commercial flights between Moscow and New York has long frozen and thawed with changes in the cold war. First proposed in 1935 shortly after Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh flew to Moscow, the idea was plucked out of limbo by 1958-59 cultural-exchange agreements. Then the talks were broken off after the Soviets shot down the U-2 in 1960. When the Russians released two captured RB-47 flyers as a gesture to the new Kennedy Administration, negotiations resumed, and the deal had even been tentatively struck when the Berlin Wall blocked it. The Cuban missile crisis and...

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