Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 6:00pm
FRANCIS GARY POWERS, THE U-2 INCIDENT, AND A
CONTROVERSIAL COLD WAR LEGACY
FRANCIS GARY POWERS JR. AND
Based on newly available information, the son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers presents the facts and dispels misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that his father was part of, and was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.
Join us for an insightful lecture on one of the most talked-about events of the Cold War, the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960.
Gary Powers Jr. will talk about his book “Spy Pilot” at this special event
The lecture will start at 6pm followed by a book signing by Mr. Powers.
Admission is only $5:00 per person at the door.
Gary Powers Jr.
Founder and Chairman Emeritus - The
Cold War Museum
Past Board Member - The SAC and Aerospace Museum
Honorary Board - The International Spy Museum
GARY POWERS, JR. lectures internationally and appears regularly on C-SPAN, the History, Discovery, and A&E channels. He is the son of Gary Powers, Sr. the U-2 pilot whose plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, triggering an international incident during the Cold War. He is the author of Enemy Territory (2022), Letters from a Soviet Prison (2017), and Spy Pilot (2019) which all help to dispel the misinformation surrounding the U-2 Incident.
Gary is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity located at Vint Hill, VA 45 minutes west of Washington, DC. He founded the museum in 1996 to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. He is also the past President of the Vienna Tysons Corner Chamber of Commerce. As Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study he worked with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for preservation. In 2015, he consulted for a Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, about James Donovan who brokered the 1962 spy exchange between KGB spy Rudolph Abel and CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, Sr.
Gary is a past Board Member of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace and an Honorary Board Member of the International Spy Museum. Because of his efforts to honor Cold War veterans the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” for 2002. He holds a BA in Philosophy, and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and US History. He is married and has one son.