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April 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Wine & Lecture: A Conversation With Francis Gary Powers Jr.

Presented by Coronado Historical Association

April 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118


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Join CHA as local Air Force Brigadier General R.G. Head (Ret.) interviews author Francis Gary Powers Jr. about his books Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy and Letters from a Soviet Prison: The Personal Journal and Correspondence of CIA U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers.

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 a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977.

Now his son, Francis Gary Powers Jr., has written this new account of his father's life based on personal files that have never been previously available. Delving into old audio tapes, the transcript of his father's debriefing by the CIA, other recently declassified documents about the U-2 program, and interviews with his contemporaries, Powers has written a fascinating piece of Cold War history.

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.