Francis Gary Powers' Rug

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This rug was knitted by U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Powers was flying a U-2 reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union when he was shot down in May 1960. He spent almost 21 months in prison in the Soviet Union. When released, Powers hid his personal diary and journal in this rug and carried them out of the Soviet Union.