One of the last major conflicts of Eisenhower’s
presidency regarding the USSR was the U-2 spy plane incident. Throughout the
Cold War, the United States would fly secret spy planes over Soviet territory, hoping
to gather crucial information about the Soviets’ nuclear and space exploration progress.
However, Khrushchev was aware of the flights from the start, and was insulted that
the Americans believed they were far more technologically superior than the Soviets.
Khrushchev told his colleagues that every U-2 plane the Soviet radars would
pick up “spat in the face” of the Soviet people.