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Powers in 1960

Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977) was an American pilot and spy. He was known for creating the Central Intelligence Agency[1] U-2 spy plane which was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over Soviet Union airspace. He was held as Prisoner of War under the Soviet Union. This caused the 1960 U-2 incident. This played a large role in the Cold War. He was born in Jenkins, Kentucky.

Powers died in Los Angeles County, California in a helicopter crash, aged 47.


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