The U-2 has prominently featured in several events during the Cold War, at stages of which U-2s commonly overflew the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, North Vietnam, and Cuba. In 1960, CIA pilot Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 over Soviet territory. In 1962, a U-2 piloted by Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. was shot down over Cuba by surface-to-air missiles during the Cuban missile crisis.
A U-2 spy plane has crashed in Northern California in Sutter County, neighboring Beale Air Force Base where the plane launched. Both pilots have ejected, but details beyond that are scarce. (Update: it has been reported that one pilot has died. More information below.)
U-2 Spy Plane Incident May 7, 1960, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that the Soviet Union is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers. We present the propaganda booklet, The Powers’ Case; Material of the Court Hearings in the Criminal Case of the American Spy-Pilot, Francis Gary Powers, Soviet Booklet No. 76, published in London, 1960.