Loss of Spy Plane Sabotaged 1960 Summit

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev examines items retrieved from the downed U-2 spy plane.

At an exhibit in Moscow, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev examines items retrieved from the downed U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers. National Archives hide caption

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Former CBS anchor and commentator Walter Cronkite recalls the tension of spring 1960 when an American spy plane helped to plunge East-West relations into one of the deepest chills of the Cold War. A U-2 was shot down over Russia and its pilot paraded for the world to see. It ruined a planned summit meeting.

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