ONLINE ONLY: Spy Pilot - the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

Thursday, March 18, 2021
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Gary Powers Jr., son of U.S. Cold War spy Francis Gary Powers, details the harrowing true events of the Cold War that inspired the movie Bridge of Spies.

During this 1-hour program, Gary will show a short clip from the 2015 Steven Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies, that depicts his father's exchange for a Soviet spy in February 1962.

Throughout the program, Gary will reference his two books, Spy Pilot and Letters from a Soviet Prison. He will talk about the Cold War, the misinformation surrounding the U-2 Incident, and what his family has done to set the record straight over the past 30 years. Q&A to follow after the program.

Born June 5, 1965, in Burbank, California, he is the son of Francis Gary and Claudia "Sue" Powers. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration / Certification in Non-profit Management from George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated in 2019 with his Master's Degree in U.S. History from Adams State University, Alamosa, CO.

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. 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. Gary is the past President and CEO of the Vienna Tysons Corner Regional Chamber of Commerce (2000-2005) and in 2015 he consulted for the 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 the author of Letters from a Soviet Prison and Spy Pilot which both help to dispel the fake news surrounding the U-2 Incident. He is a Board Member of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Omaha, NE and an Honorary Board Member of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. 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. Gary lectures internationally and appears regularly on C-SPAN, the History, Discovery, and A&E Channels. He is married and has one son.

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