The day of the U-2 incident – level 1


On May 1, 1960, an American plane flies over the Soviet Union. The name of the plane is U-2. It is a spy plane.

The plane carries cameras. The cameras take photographs of Soviet army places.

The Soviet Union shoots down the plane.

The pilot jumps from the plane. He parachutes to the ground. The Soviet army catches the pilot. He becomes a prisoner in the Soviet Union. He spends two years in prison. Then he can go to the United States.

The U-2 incident isn’t good for relations between the US and the Soviet Union.

Difficult words: spy (a secret agent), parachute (to use a parachute to go down), incident (an unusual moment), relations (connections between two countries).

What impact do you think the U-2 incident had on US-Soviet diplomatic relations?


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