Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Francis Gary Powers: The U-2 Incident


On May 1st 1960, an experienced pilot working on a secret CIA mission to photograph missile sites was flying over the USSR in a top secret aircraft. That aircraft was the U-2 spy plane and the pilot was Francis Gary Powers.

In an event that had a profound effect on the cold war, this incident has been re-told through KML.

By collecting a vast array of information from a range of historical repositories, BeadieJay, a member of the Google Earth Community communicates the story of the U-2 incident in Google Earth and through textual and photographic information, this KML facilitates a greater understanding of the locations involved and provides the story with a geospatial voice.

Open in Google Earth