Foreign News: Was Powers Shot Down?

To the Russians, a humiliating byproduct of the U-2 spy plane incident was the implicit suggestion that foreign aircraft flying high enough could cruise over Soviet territory almost at will, as they had for nearly four years. U.S. experts doubt the Russian claim that the U-2 was blasted from the sky at 68.000 ft., suspect from U.S. radar evidence that Pilot Francis Powers' jet engine simply flamed out in midpassage. At his Moscow trial, Powers was fuzzy on the point, and his father later hinted that Powers himself doubted he was shot down.


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