The U-2 Incident in Google Earth

On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spyplane flew high above the Soviet Union photographing strategic targets. The pilot of this U-2 was thirty-year-old Francis Gary Powers. The plane was shot down by surface to air missiles causing the “1960 U-2 Incident“. Back in late-December, Google Earth Community member ‘BeadieJay’ posted an excellent Google Earth collection of placemarks documenting the life of Francis Gary Powers and the U-2 Incident.

Francis Gary Powers U-2 Incident in Google Earth

Thanks to ‘Delta102’ for the tip. I would have posted this on May 1, but I was on a backpacking trip and completely off the ‘Net for a few days.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Backpacking? I thought you were out at sea LOL

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