In Moscow recently, and two weeks after its opening by Soviet Premier Khrushchev, the American Spy--Plane Exhibition was still one of the big attractions for the Muscovite crowds.
In Moscow recently, and two weeks after its opening by Soviet Premier Khrushchev, the American Spy--Plane Exhibition was still one of the big attractions for the Muscovite crowds. Our cameramen went to take another look at the exhibits - claimed by the Russians as evidence in the dramatic incident which became the stumbling block for the abortive Paris summit.
The exhibition is being held in Gorki Recreation Park. It is carefully presented, and there are explanatory notices in Russian and English for all the exhibits - from the gold rings to the silenced pistol the pilot, Captain Powers, was alleged to be carrying.
Also on show are serial photographs the U-2 is supposes to have taken and the right wing of the aircraft. According to one of the many theories as to how the U-2 was brought down, the plane was well above the rocket when it exploded but was peppered by pieces of the exploding missile. Powers - flying at a great height - did not know at first what had happened. Soon after, one wing broke away from the plane and at about 36,000ft. he parachuted to earth.
As visitors leave the exhibition hall they can enter their remarks on the incident in a book - this has proved a popular feature, and it's claimed three books have been filled already.