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RIP Frederic Pryor, the student who was arrested in East Germany and became part of the Francis Gary Powers prisoner exchange memorialized by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in "Bridge of Spies." @MattSchudel ⁩

Frederic Pryor was the American student imprisoned in East Berlin for espionage in 1961 and released six months later when U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged for the Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. Their story was told in the film "Bridge of Spies."

This Day. 1960: A Paris summit between President Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev collapsed - after Eisenhower refused to apologize for American U-2 spy flights over the Soviet Union. One U-2 pilot, Francis “Gary” Powers, was shot down; Ike was caught lying about it

This Day, 1960: President EIsenhower denied that a U.S. spy plane had been shot down over the Soviet Union. In fact, U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers had been shot down over Siberia. Powers survived and is shown here in a Moscow courtroom

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Today in 1960, U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union. This sparked an embarrassing diplomatic incident for the United States and halted flights of the U-2 over the Soviet Union:

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On #ThisDayinHIstory  1962, American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is released by the Soviets in exchange for Soviet Colonel Rudolf Abel, a senior KGB spy who was caught in the United States five years earlier.

CIA #Museum  Artifact of the Week: U-2 Model used by Francis Gary Powers

On May 1, 1960, Soviets shot down U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers over Sverdlovsk. He spent 21 months in a Russian prison. In 1962, Powers was exchanged for Soviet intelligence officer Col. Rudolf Abel. Abel had been arrested in New York in 1957.

On This Day. 1960: A Paris summit between Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev collapsed - after Eisenhower refused to apologize for American U-2 spy flights over the Soviet Union. One U-2 pilot, Francis “Gary” Powers, was shot down; Ike was caught lying about it

On This Day. 1960: Dwight Eisenhower denied that a U.S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Eisenhower was lying. The Soviets produced the U.S. pilot, Francis Gary Powers, and the president fessed up /1

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May 1, 1960: Francis Gary Powers' U-2 is shot down over the USSR. #U2Week  #4July1956 

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Francis Gary #Powers ’ U-2 plane was shot down over the USSR on a recon mission for CIA. Today we conclude his story.

55 years ago Francis Gary #Powers ’ U-2 plane was shot down over the USSR on a reconnaissance mission for CIA. This week we tell his story.

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