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Cold War echo in fatal crash of U-2 spy plane

A half-century after they began secretly hunting for Soviet missile bases from at least 80,000 feet, the Air Force’s U-2s briefly emerged from the shadows yesterday when the military announced that one of the storied spy planes had crashed and that its pilot was killed while returning from what was described as an antiterrorism mission. In a brief statement, the US Central Command said the plane crashed late Tuesday. It declined to reveal where it went down, referring only to Southwest Asia, commonly meaning the Middle East. Several military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U-2 had crashed in the United Arab Emirates as it was returning to its base in that Persian Gulf nation. Full Story

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