The American N.A.S.A. - National Aeronautics and Space Administration - U-2 aircraft, shot down by?
The American N.A.S.A. - National Aeronautics and Space Administration - U-2 aircraft, shot down by a Soviet rocket, May 1, was a weather research plane, and following the incident, the United States Government has grounded all aircraft of the same type for an equipment check. Cameras show various shots of the U-2 taken on the ground.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev has stated that the plane was without markings of any kind. The N.A.S.A. deny this charge indicating that the aircraft was clearly marked with the letters NASA in black and with the seal - a globe within calipers. The plane was unarmed and was said by a military spokesman to carry no military equipment.
In Washington, the American State Department issued a statement, May 7, that a United States plane "probably" flew over the Soviet Union to obtain information behind the Iron Curtain.