Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

Fri Jan 25, 12pm
Presented by: National Archives
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The downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, created an international incident. Powers was subjected to a televised show trial and imprisoned. His son, Francis Gary Powers Jr., has drawn on newly-available information for his book, Spy Pilot, to dispel misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that turned his father into a Cold War icon. A book signing will follow the program.

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