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Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy
- Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
- Time: 5:00 pm
- Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
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. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).
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