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November 22: Bridge of Spies and Book Signing by Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

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 depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies, showing how 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. 

Join the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History to meet with Francis Gary Powers, Jr., author of the book "Spy Pilot" and son of the U-2 spy pilot to view a special showing of Bridge of Spies at the museum. This very special and exclusive event will take place on the evening of Friday, November 22. 

The evening will begin at 5:00 pm with an exclusive VIP reception with limited availability. Tickets can be purchased to attend this VIP reception for $50 or at a discounted rate for museum members with a discount code, and this will provide all attendees with an opportunity to meet Francis Gary Powers, Jr. before the event. Lite refreshments will be provided. 

The doors will open for general admission ($25 tickets or $15 tickets for museum members can be purchased below) into the event at 5:30 pm. Francis Gary Powers, Jr. will be introduced by Toni Hiley, retired executive director of the CIA Museum and National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Board Member, to speak briefly about his father's life and experiences in Cold War espionage. The movie, Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will then be shown, followed by a book signing of "Spy Pilot" written by Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

"Spy Pilot" shares the author's 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 sets the record straight. The result is a fascinating piece of Cold War history. This book will be available to purchase the night of the event.

Buy your ticket today, as seats are very limited to this exclusive event at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

If you are a member of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, please contact Deidre McVay-Schulmeister at dmcvay@nuclearmuseum.org to acquire the code to receive your discount at checkout.


Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

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. 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. 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.

Gary is the author of Letters from a Soviet Prison (2017) and Spy Pilot (2019) which both help to dispel the misinformation 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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