Spy Pilot: The Truth About What Happened to Francis Gary Powers

    Date/Time
    Date(s) - 06/09/2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Location
    Old Bust Head Brewery

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    Would You Like to Know What Really Happened in the International Incident
    Involving Famous U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers?

    Hear What Newly Available Information Reveals About This Situation

    The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with the Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend
    a presentation by noted U-2 and Cold War authority Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on

    Spy Pilot: The Truth About What Happened to Francis Gary Powers

    Using 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 turned his father into a Cold War icon.

    One of the most talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The event was recently depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies. Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and imprisoned, all of which created an international incident. Soviet authorities eventually released him in exchange for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. On his return to the United States, Powers was exonerated of any wrongdoing while imprisoned in Russia, yet due to bad press and the government’s unwillingness to heartily defend him, a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977.

    His son, Francis Gary Powers Jr., and acclaimed historian Keith Dunnavant have written Spy Pilot, a new account of Powers’s life based on personal files never before available. Using old audio tapes, letters his father wrote and received while imprisoned in the Soviet Union, the transcript of his father’s debriefing by the CIA, other recently declassified documents about the U-2 program, and interviews with the spy pilot’s contemporaries, Powers and Dunnavant set the record straight. The result is a fascinating piece of Cold War history. This is also a book about a son’s journey to understand his father, pursuing justice and a measure of peace.
    This is the twenty-third in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring eyewitnesses to, and other experts on, significant Cold War events and activities. Presentations occur at Old Bust Head, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants.
    Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
    (NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE LIKE ATTENDEES, THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)
    Time: 2:00 PM. (Arrival: 1:30-2:00PM.) PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A NEW STARTING TIME FOR THESE EVENTS.
    Cost: $35, including the presentation; a $7 credit toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha, or other drink; a $20 contribution to the Cold War Museum, and special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF STILL AVAILABLE, WILL COST $45.
    Location: Old Bust Head Craft Brewery, 7134 Lineweaver Rd and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Rd, Vint Hill, VA 20187.
    For more information and tickets, please see the Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spy-pilot-the-truth-about-u-2-pilot-francis-gary-powers-tickets-60638016941

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