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U-2 Photo

 

Fake NASA U-2 (from www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/U-2/Large/E-5442.jpg)
Fake NASA U-2
After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on 1 May 1960, NASA issued a press release with a cover story about a U-2 conducting weather research that may have strayed off course after the pilot "reported difficulties with his oxygen equipment."

To bolster the cover-up, a U-2 was quickly painted in NASA markings, with a fictitious NASA serial number, and put on display for the news media at the NASA Flight Research Center at edwards Air Force Base on 6 May 1960. The next day, Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev exposed the cover-up by revealing that the pilot had been captured, and espionage equipment had been recovered from the wreckage.

 

NASA began using the U-2 in 1971 to collect science data. It replaced the U-2s with eR-2s in 1981 and 1989. The aircraft were based at the NASA Ames Research Center until 1997 when they moved to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.

 

On 1 May 1960, U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down by the Soviets over Sverdlovsk. He was tried in August 1960, in a three-day open trial in Moscow and was sentenced to 10 years by the USSR Supreme Court's Military Cases Collegium. He spent 21 months in prison and was then exchanged in February 1962, for Soviet intelligence officer Rudolph Abel, who had been arrested in New York in 1957.

 

7 May 1956
NACA Director Dr. Hugh L. Dryden issues a press release stating that U-2 aircraft are conducting weather research for NACA with Air Force support from Watertown, Nevada.

22 May 1956
A second press release is issued with cover story for U-2 aircraft operating overseas.

1 May 1960
Francis Gary Powers is shot down near Sverdlovsk.

6 May 1960
U-2 with fictitious NASA serial number and NASA markings is shown to news media to bolster cover story of NASA weather research flights with U-2.

7 May 1960
Soviet Premier Kruschev announces capture and confession of Powers.

1960
Dr. Hugh L. Dryden tells senate committee that some 200 U-2 flights carrying NASA weather instrumentation have taken place since 1956.

2 April 1971
NASA receives two U-2C aircraft for high-altitude research.

 

Original Images

Photo Identification: e-5442, 06.May.1960

Image #1 Large
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www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/U-2/Large/e-5442.jpg

Image #2 Medium
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www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/U-2/Medium/e-5442.jpg

Image #3 Small
558 x 480 pixels 54,832 bytes
www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/U-2/Small/e-5442.jpg

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Images On This Page

Above: 175 x 150 pixels 7,792 bytes (RO-75)
 Hi-Res Cutout: 150 x 150 2,706 bytes (HRC-30)
Below: 1000 x 860 pixels 105,916 bytes (RO-75)

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Cutout from the high resolution image of a fake NASA U-2 (from www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/U-2/Large/E-5442.jpg)
Cutout from Hi-Res Image #1
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Fake NASA U-2 (from www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/U-2/Large/E-5442.jpg)

 

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