Recording the stories of the Cold War before they are lost…
23- Gary Powers & the 1960 U2 Incident
Welcome to episode 23 of Cold War Conversations.
Today’s episode is the first in a new partnership we have formed with the Cold War Museum.
We speak with Gary Powers Junior. His father piloted the U2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union.
Powers’ U-2 was shot down on May 1, 1960, as he flew over Soviet airspace, and after parachuting out of the plane he was captured and convicted of espionage. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was freed on Feb. 10, 1962, in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. The incident and exchange was detailed on the Steven Spielberg film “Bridge of Spies”.