Kelly Johnson constructed the U-2 Spy Plane, a single-pilot plane. It was designed to fly up to 70,000 feet, for it can not be shot down or tracked. A lot of learning was to required to fly the plane because of the non-traditional landing gear causes less weight. It could take photos of the foreign countries. These pilots are closely related to astronauts because they have to breath pure oxygen, get food and drink from tubes, and wear pressurized suits. This is one of the few aircraft that has served over 50 years in the US Air Force.
Francis Gary Powers
"I looked up, looked out, and just everything was orange, everywhere. I don't know whether it was the reflection in the canopy [of the aircraft] itself or just the whole sky. And I can remember saying to myself, 'By God, I've had it now'."
- an American Spy Plane Pilot
- 30 years old during his incident
- Korean War Veteran
- Awards- "The Distinguished Flying Cross" and "The Prisoner of War Medal"
- Gravestone- "Francis Gary Powers, Capt US Air Force, Korea, Aug 17 1929, Aug 1 1977"
Dwight D. Eisenhower
- president at the time
- 34th president
- had to meet with Nikita Khrushchev (Soviet Union Leader) on May 16 (went horrible)
- U-2 Spy Plane Incident- biggest failure of presidency
- admitted that Gary Powers was flying a U.S. Spy Plane