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Spy Pilot, Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
College Station, TX

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.


After being shot down Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised trial, and imprisoned - all of which created an international incident. Join us now for an exciting evening with author Francis Gary Powers Jr. as he explores the harrowing tale of his father's experience in the Cold War.

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 will graduate this year 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. Recently, he consulted for a 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.

After the program there will be a reception and book signing. We will have several items for sale! We'll have the following books by Mr. Powers: "Operation Overflight," "Spy Pilot," "Strangers on a Bridge," and "Letters from a Soviet Prison." We'll also have a hollow Ike Dollar Coin (you can hide your secret messages inside!) and some Francis Gary Powers autographed items.

Admission is free but seating is limited so reservations are strongly suggested. For further information please contact (979) 691-4014 or email:

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