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Son of U-2 pilot to speak in Norfolk

Gary Powers Jr., son of Cold War U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers who was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, will speak on the incident at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater, Norfolk.

His talk is part of the continuing Louis Guy lecture series of the Norfolk Historical Society.

Francis Gary Powers was captured by the KGB, tried, and imprisoned for 10 years; then released in 1962 in exchange for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

His son has written a new account of his father’s life based on personal files not previously available, the NHS said. 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 father’s contemporaries, Powers wrote a book on his findings. His appearance will include a time for book signing.

 

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