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Title: Francis Gary Powers (1929-1977)

Description: Soviet Russians view a 1960 exhibit showing photos and information on U-2 spy Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1921-August 1, 1977), who had been captured in Soviet Russia in 1960 when his spy plane had been shot down. Powers, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force since 1950, had been recruited by the CIA because of his outstanding record in flying single engine jet aircraft and was the foremost candidate to fly the CIA's U-2, a high-altitude surveillance jet airplane that flew over Russian air space, photographing important military installations, as well as Soviet missile sites. Powers' plane was shot down by heat-seeking Soviet missiles while he was flying over Sverdlovsk on May 1, 1960. He survived the crash and was taken prison, then degraded in a disgraceful show trial before being sent to prison. Powers was exchanged on February 10, 1962 for Soviet KGB spymaster Rudolf Abel (Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher; July 11, 1903-November 15, 1971), who had been posing as a commercial photographer in New York, arrested and imprisoned in 1957 for operating a spy ring in the U.S.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Rudolf Abel, KGB, spymasters, spies, spying, Soviet espionage, photographers, Soviet spy rings in U.S., CIA, Central Intelligence Agency, U-2 pilots, U-2 aviators, U-2 planes, spy planes, Francis Gary Powers, reconnaissance, surveillance, covert operations, prisoner exchanges

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1350 x 1064 (1.44 MPixels) (1.27)

Print Size: 11.4 x 9.0 cm; 4.5 x 3.5 inches

File Size: 4.15 MB (4,346,390 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004467

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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