Gary Powers, Jr., Slated Talk About Cold War and the 1960 U-2 Incident
ATTENTION PRINT/RADIO/TV NEWS DIRECTORS
Who: Gary Powers, Jr., author and public speaker on the U-2 Incident and Cold War History
What: Brief overview of the Cold War, the misinformation surrounding the U-2 incident
When: Thursday, July 10 @ Noon
Where: Arizona Capitol Museum, Third floor, Historic Senate Chamber, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix
Sponsored by: Arizona Military Museum and the Arizona Capitol Museum
The son of Gary Powers, the U-2 pilot brought down over the U.S.S.R. May 1, 1960, will give a brief overview of the Cold War, the misinformation surrounding the U-2 incident, the family’s effort to set the record straight, and current efforts to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. Prior to being recruited by the CIA for the U-2 program, Powers attended The Fighter School at Williams AFB in the early 1950s.
Following World War II, the United States instituted high altitude reconnaissance flights over the Soviet Union because of this aura of mistrust between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The CIA used the U-2 for spying missions, keeping the military out of the picture to avoid any possibilities of open conflict. By 1960, the U.S. had flown numerous “successful” missions over and around the U.S.S.R., but a major incident occurred on May 1, 1960 when a U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was brought down near Svedlovsk, Soviet Union. This event had a lasting negative impact on U.S.--U.S.S.R. relations. The details surrounding this event are to this day still shrouded in mystery. Of note to Arizonans, prior to being recruited by the CIA for the U-2 program, Powers attended The Fighter School at Williams AFB in the early 1950s.
Attendees will be able to purchase Mr. Powers’ book and Cold War memorabilia.
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