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Spy Pilot The U-2 Presentation

 Come enjoy the next presentation on Saturday, March 28, 11am to 2pm.  Based on the book:  Spy Pilot by Francis Gary Powers Jr., and Keith Dunnavant.

 

Here is the write up of the book as it appears on Amazon:

Based on newly available information, the son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers presents the facts and dispels misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that turned his father into a Cold War icon..

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, due to bad press and the government’s unwillingness to heartily defend Powers, a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977.
Now his son, Francis Gary Powers Jr. and acclaimed historian Keith Dunnavant have written this new account of Powers’s life based on personal files that had never been previously available. Delving into old audio tapes, letters his father wrote and received while imprisoned in the Soviet Union, the transcript of his father’s debriefing by the CIA, other recently declassified documents about the U-2 program, and interviews with the spy pilot’s contemporaries, Powers and Dunnavant set the record straight. The result is a fascinating piece of Cold War history. This is also a book about a son’s journey to understand his father, pursuing justice and a measure of peace.

Almost sixty years after the fact, this will be the definitive account of one of the most important events of the Cold War.

2020-01-11T14:38:45-07:00January 11th, 2020|Event, Featured|

2020 Airshow Schedule

Updated as of January 7, 2020

The following is CAF SoCal Wing’s tentative 2020 Airshow Schedule.

Please note that the schedule and participating aircraft is subject to change.  All events are confirmed unless otherwise noted.

 

Mar 12-15 MCAS Yuma Airshow: Confirmed/PBJ, P-51, Zero, F6f, Spit

Mar 13-15 NAF El Centro Airshow: Confirmed/YO-55, PT-19, F-24, L17, SNJ

Mar 20-22 LUKE AFB Airshow: Pending Confirmations/PBJ, P-51, Sero, F6F, SNJ

March 20-22 LA County Airshow:  Pending Confirmations

Mar 26-29 March Field Air Expo:  Confirmed/TBD

May 1-3 Planes of Fame Airshow:  Confirmed/TBD

May 7-11 Beale AFB Airshow: Confirmed/PBJ, Zero, F6F

May 29-31 HGR 24 Airfest: Pending Confirmations

June 27-28 Hill AFB, UT:  Pending Confirmations

July 25-26 Ellsworth AFB, SD:  Pending Confirmations

Aug 15-16 Camarillo Airshow, Confirmed/All Available

Sept 18-20 Great Pacific Airshow: Pending Confirmations

Sept 26-27 MCAS Miramar:  Pending Confirmations

Oct 2-3 Prescott, AZ:  Confirmed/Spitfire

Oct 3-4 CCA Sacramento: Confirmed/TBD

Oct 3-4 PT Mugu Airshow:  Confirmed/TBD

Oct 3-4 Minden, NV:  Pending Confirmations

Oct 9-11 Edwards AFB:  Pending Confirmations

Oct 17-18 Santa Maria:  Pending Confirmations

Nov 7-8 SBD Fest:  Pending Confirmations

 

2020-01-07T21:08:52-07:00April 17th, 2019|Event, Featured|