Our Presentation Schedule for 2022

Part of our mission is to educate, and we love doing just that with our presentation series.   These 1-2 hour events happen every so often at the museum and are really worth trying to make it in person.  

Here is the list for 2022 so you can plan ahead:

 

  • June 4th – 11 am:  F6F Hellcat
  • August 6th – 11 am: VJ Day 77th anniversary featuring our B-25 PBJ Bomber 
  • September 10th – 11 am:  Battle of Britain 82th anniversary featuring our Spitfire
  • November 12th – 11 am:  Mass production during WWII
2022-05-08T19:45:38-07:00May 8th, 2022|Featured, News|

U2 Spy Pilot Event – Nov 6th

This event was a success!  Thank you all who came out to hear this incredible story.

We hosted a talk by Francis Gary Powers Jr., son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. 

After the talk, the author was available for questions and the signing of his latest book;

Spy Pilot

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

By Francis Gary Powers Jr. and Keith Dunnavant

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 his father was part of and was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.

 

2021-12-04T17:03:34-07:00October 23rd, 2021|News|

Canceled – Spy Pilot The U-2 Presentation

**This event has been cancelled – please watch for  a re-scheduled date

 

 

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.

 

Spy Pilot by Francis Gary Powers Jr.

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.

2020-03-13T19:26:34-07:00January 11th, 2020|News|

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