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WASHINGTON -- American U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 in one of the most famous incidents of the Cold War, was posthumously awarded a Silver Star Friday, more than half a century later.
Air Force pilot Powers was shot down by surface-to-air missiles over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, while flying more than 1,200 miles inside its border. He parachuted to safety and was captured by Soviet troops.