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chopper2004 2nd May 2021 07:22

Francis Gary Powers U-2 -6 decades on
 
Sixty years on from the U-2 shoot down.

https://theaviationist.com/2020/05/0...xnNrdmcoZJ8b6c


https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....f7a7bc072.jpeg

chevvron 2nd May 2021 07:55

Don't forget one or two RAF pilots flew those mission years before Powers, the difference being he was the first (as far as we know) to get shot down over Soviet territory.

Less Hair 2nd May 2021 08:11

Given the risk he took he was not treated with the respect he deserved after finally coming home. Like always having to defend himself how he could dare to survive this.

More details of the flight (book extract):
https://coldwar.org/default.asp?pid=...d=y&subid=6191

(Hoping to prevent those links to merge by adding another line in between)

https://dragonladyhistory.com/2020/05/01/u-2-mayday-shootdown-gary-powers/

Hydromet 2nd May 2021 08:31

Although I was only 13 I can remember exactly where I was at the time - visiting my Grandparents in Cairns, Qld when the news came over the radio.

Haraka 2nd May 2021 09:53

I read it first as a small column near the bottom of the lead page on The Daily Telegraph. Almost inconsequential in its tone.
The following day however...........

ATPMBA 2nd May 2021 10:44

Do see the movie, "BRIDGE OF SPIES." It's about the shoot-down and negotiations for his safe return.

Fareastdriver 2nd May 2021 11:11


Sixty years on from the U-2 shoot down.
Nit picking I know but it is sixty one.

According to The Cold War Museum:

It was May 1, 1960, where the "May Day” holiday was celebrated in the Soviet Union. It was also at a time where Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were quite high.
I know because I was at South Cerney at the time.

NutLoose 2nd May 2021 11:46


Originally Posted by ATPMBA (Post 11037372)
Do see the movie, "BRIDGE OF SPIES." It's about the shoot-down and negotiations for his safe return.


Yes, an excellent Tom Hanks film

aroa 2nd May 2021 11:55

Ballsy guys cruising over enemy airspace at that height in the bad old days of the Cold War.
A technical fault could kill you and a shoot down could do the same.
His book is a good read too. I don’t blame him for not trusting the destruct button as not being instantaneous
Had he died he would have been an American hero ; because he survived.. not so much.
And in ‘62? ..the Cuban missile crisis things got really “hot” Fortunately wiser heads prevailed.

Was hitching around the US at the time and watched Kennedy’s speech on tv in a department store.
People fell into each other’s arms weeping , like we’re all going to die shortly, and my thoughts were...hop on the first bus to the nearest marina and “borrow” a yacht to sail back to Oz.!

Less Hair 2nd May 2021 12:05

Other ballsy guys took close ups of the missiles on Cuba.


https://www.wpafb.af.mil/News/Photos...to/2000103014/

Lance Shippey 2nd May 2021 13:55

A Brave man who served Democracy well. "Bridge of Spies" entertaining, and a tribute to Mark Rylance, and Tom Hanks portrayal of Rudolf Abels {pronounced Arbels) and Lawyer James Donovan.
The swapping of Gary Powers / Fred Pryor for Abels resulted in many Spy Swaps through the Office of Wolfgang Vogel.
Vogel's depiction by Sabastian Koch was good but did not reflect some of the actual events. (rather Spielberg moments) Vogel did not drive a Volvo P1800.
Scottish American Diplomat Francis Meehan had much involvement in the negotiations to swap Powers and Pryor for Abels.
There should have been another American traded at the same time. Marvin Makkinen would have been the third, but had to wait for a later swap.
Lance Shippey

El Grifo 2nd May 2021 14:02

Seen bits of Dragon Lady wreckage in the museum of the Revolution in Havana !
El G

clareprop 2nd May 2021 16:26


Seen bits of Dragon Lady wreckage in the museum of the Revolution in Havana !
I've seen other bits at the Central Air Force museum in Moscow...next to a copy of the missile used. That was in 1999 so things might have changed since.

Asturias56 2nd May 2021 16:37

In the long run the shoot down was a good thing

a) it showed the madder folk in the USA that the Russians had a defence system that worked (some of the time) - talk of preemptive strikes became less fashionable

b) it really boosted the satellite intelligence business - no-one at risk, regular coverage, no bad publicity.

Less Hair 2nd May 2021 16:44

c) Kelly Johnson designed the fantastic A-12 and SR-71.

West Coast 2nd May 2021 17:47


Originally Posted by Less Hair (Post 11037432)
Other ballsy guys took close ups of the missiles on Cuba.


https://www.wpafb.af.mil/News/Photos...to/2000103014/

Amazing photo, largely due to the shadow of the 101.

Less Hair 2nd May 2021 20:34

Flying the U-2 over Cuba.
https://donmooreswartales.com/2016/03/21/milmoyle/

c-span presentation:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?309079...missile-crisis

Mr N Nimrod 2nd May 2021 23:11


Originally Posted by Fareastdriver (Post 11037395)
Nit picking I know but it is sixty one.

According to The Cold War Museum:

I know because I was at South Cerney at the time.

doesn’t seem like nit picking at all, the original article posted is a year old. Good call!

C-141Starlifter 3rd May 2021 01:20

I currently work with his stepdaughter...she definitely lives off his legacy!

WingNut60 3rd May 2021 02:24

Another interesting but little known story is the shooting down and capture of the pilot of the B-26 that bombed and sank British ships in Balikpapan harbour in 1958.
Alan Pope - B-26 pilot


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