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Spy Plane

The man who developed the U-2 spy plane for the Central Intelligence Agency tells of what happened after the famous 1960 incident in which U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down by the Soviets. Not knowing Powers was alive, the American government issued its pre-planned cover story: The downed U-2 was on a weather flight and had merely strayed over Soviet territory. But a week later Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gleefully produced Powers, and the Eisenhower administration was caught in an obvious lie.

Today in the Word, February 24, 1997, p. 31