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How a Downed U.S. Plane Almost Caused a Nuclear War

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It's 1962, and tensions are high between the United States and the Soviet Union. When a Soviet missile shoots down a U.S. U-2 aircraft over Cuban airspace, the threat of nuclear war becomes a serious possibility.

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Over the last half century, the U-2 Dragon Lady has become one of the most reliable aerial reconnaissance platforms in the sky today. But its history has been turbulent, marked by Cold War scandals that sent relations with the Soviet Union into a nosedive. This spy plane was so secret, it was commissioned not by the Air Force, but by the CIA. See how this plane and its pilots have been pushed to the limit in order to stay off of enemy radar and save the lives of soldiers around the world.

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