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Looking Back At The U-2 Spy Plane Incident

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Threats to sovereignty along the Black Sea, lots of discussions about spying … it all brings back memories of the Cold War.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about one of the most notorious incidents of that period. When Russia shot down the U-2 spy plane, pilot Gary Powers became the international face of a mission gone wrong. His son joins us to talk about that event.


  • Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Cold War expert and son of pilot Gary Powers

HEAR MORE: Francis Gary Powers, Jr., will be at the Truman Library at 6 p.m. March 21 to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, Spies, Lies and Paranoia: Americans in Fear.

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