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Old 05-01-2007, 01:02 AM   #1
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On this day May 1, 1960

On this day, May 1, 1960: American U-2 spy plane shot down.

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An American U-2 spy plane is shot down while conducting espionage over the Soviet Union. The incident derailed an important summit meeting between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev that was scheduled for later that month.

The U-2 spy plane was the brainchild of the Central Intelligence Agency, and it was a sophisticated technological marvel. Traveling at altitudes of up to 70,000 feet, the aircraft was equipped with state-of-the-art photography equipment that could, the CIA boasted, take high-resolution pictures of headlines in Russian newspapers as it flew overhead. Flights over the Soviet Union began in mid-1956. The CIA assured President Eisenhower that the Soviets did not possess anti-aircraft weapons sophisticated enough to shoot down the high-altitude planes.

On May 1, 1960, a U-2 flight piloted by Francis Gary Powers disappeared while on a flight over Russia. The CIA reassured the president that, even if the plane had been shot down, it was equipped with self-destruct mechanisms that would render any wreckage unrecognizable and the pilot was instructed to kill himself in such a situation. Based on this information, the U.S. government issued a cover statement indicating that a weather plane had veered off course and supposedly crashed somewhere in the Soviet Union. With no small degree of pleasure, Khrushchev pulled off one of the most dramatic moments of the Cold War by producing not only the mostly-intact wreckage of the U-2, but also the captured pilot-very much alive. A chagrined Eisenhower had to publicly admit that it was indeed a U.S. spy plane.

On May 16, a major summit between the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France began in Paris. Issues to be discussed included the status of Berlin and nuclear arms control. As the meeting opened, Khrushchev launched into a tirade against the United States and Eisenhower and then stormed out of the summit. The meeting collapsed immediately and the summit was called off. Eisenhower considered the "stupid U-2 mess" one of the worst debacles of his presidency. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was released in 1962 in exchange for a captured Soviet spy.
sometimes in retrospect.. I sure do miss the cold war
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:41 AM   #2
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On this day, May 1, 1960: American U-2 spy plane shot down.


sometimes in retrospect.. I sure do miss the cold war
This would be May Day time to get out the May Pole and celebrate Socialism and atheistic communism ! NOT :
Be careful what you ask for LN you just might get it
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:18 AM   #3
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This would be May Day time to get out the May Pole and celebrate Socialism and atheistic communism ! NOT :
Be careful what you ask for LN you just might get it
lolol

Stop slinging mud for nothing.

Good post, I was studying this recently in class in depth.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:11 AM   #4
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[quote=Santabot]lolol


Good post,
Maybe time for you to get to college level classes so when you make a post you will not sound like such a braying ass Santabrat you are the only one that has been able to make brain look better that is saying something major
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:13 PM   #5
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Take it easy, Isaac. That is a little harsh.
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Take it easy, Isaac. That is a little harsh.
No it is not to harsh. He takes cheap shots at everybody and has been talking about things way off base. You might want to look at what is going on with his post and how he is running people AWAY from the board I am not the one to pull the plug here.
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Anime...wake up...he is running people off. Wake up! And I do believe it might need to be pointed out AGAIN that Santabrat (don't ya love the word coined just for him) is the one in violation of the terms and the one with all of the profanity in his posts!!!! I don't think any adult should have to put up with that out of a 17 y/o kid.
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I agree, but you can't blame him if we get nasty with him in return. If you want to bring age and maturity into the issue, show him civilized conversation without swearing or name-calling.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:15 PM   #9
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I agree, but you can't blame him if we get nasty with him in return. If you want to bring age and maturity into the issue, show him civilized conversation without swearing or name-calling.
Dum dum dummm

Agreed. Since you're all so mature, why do you argue with me, yet have no facts to back up your baseless claims anyway? It's all the same as my attitude in arguing, you just see it as a personal rivalry, and I see it as not giving a ****.
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