The day of the U-2 incident – level 2


On May 1, 1960, an American spy plane was flying over the Soviet Union. The name of the plane was U-2.

The plane was equipped with cameras, which allowed it to take detailed photographs of Soviet military bases.

The plane was shot down by a missile fired by Soviet air defense.

The pilot jumped from the plane and parachuted to the ground. He was captured by Soviet authorities, and was held prisoner for nearly two years. Then, he was released in a prisoner exchange.

The U-2 incident wasn’t good for the United States because it exposed the fact that the US military plane was flying over the Soviet Union.

The U-2 incident was bad for US-Soviet relations and increased tensions during the Cold War.

Difficult words: spy (a secret agent), was equipped (had available for work), expose (to show), increase (to make bigger).

What lasting repercussions did the U-2 incident have on US-Soviet relations and the Cold War?


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