Gary Powers, Jr. – Author, Historian September 18th | 7:00 p.m.
One of the most talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by his father, Francis Gary Powers, over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. Along with author/historian Keith Dunnavant, he has written this new account of his father’s life based on personal files that were previously unavailable. Almost sixty years after the event, this will be the definitive account of a famous Cold War incident, one proving that Francis Gary Powers acted honorably through a trying ordeal in service to his country.
Francis Gary Powers Jr. is the founder and chairman emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity in Vint Hill, Virginia, near Washington, DC. As chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study, he works with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for commemorating, interpreting, and preservation. He served as a consultant to Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies. He lectures internationally and appears regularly on the History, Discovery, and A&E Channels.
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