Powers, Francis Gary, 1929-1977

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Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977) was an American pilot whose Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission in Soviet Union airspace, causing the 1960 U-2 incident. He later worked as a helicopter pilot for KNBC in Los Angeles and died in a 1977 helicopter crash.
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referencedIn White House Office, Office of the Staff Secretary: Records of Paul T. Carroll, Andrew J. Goodpaster, L. Arthur Minnich, and Christopher H. Russell, 1952 - 1961. Alphabetical Subject Files, 1953 - 1961U-2 Incident [Vol. III] [July-August 1960] (3). Telegram from American Embassy in Moscow to Secretary of State on Francis Gary Powers Trial, 8/18/1960. Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Donovan, James B. (James Britt), 1916-. James B. Donovan papers, 1919-1976. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn James B. Donovan papers, 1919-1976 Hoover Institution Archives
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Investigations and Counterespionage Operational Case Files, 1962 - 1963. Francis Gary Powers-U2 Spy Incident 1 of 2 [34-7330). National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Powers, Francis Gary, 1929-. [Envelope] 1976 Mar. 19, Chicago, First day cover / Francis Gary Powers. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. An esterior, straight on medium shot as US Air Force Brigadier General Kevin Chilton (Far right), 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander, presents Sue Powers (Holding frame), Gary Powers Jr. (In flight suit), Dee Powers Rogers (In blue blazer) the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross at Beale AFB, California, on May 01,2000. Gary Powers Jr. and Dee Powers Rogers are son and daughter of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers Sr. and Sue Powers is his wife. Also representing Powers family were Gary Powers Jr. fiancee, Jen Webber (white shirt) and Dee Powers Rogers husband Mark Rogers (black suit). Francis Gary Powers Sr. was shot down while on a reconnaissance mission over the former Soviet Union on May..., 5/1/2000. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Eisenhower, Dwight D.: Papers as President of the United States, 1953 - 1961. Subject Files, 1953 - 1961. U-2 Incident - Press (1). Press Clipping - Soviet Rejection to Interview Powers, 5/10/1960. Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Investigations and Counterespionage Operational Case Files, 1962 - 1963. Francis Gary Powers-U2 Spy Incident 2 of 2 [34-7330). National Archives at St. Louis
referencedIn White House Office, Office of the Staff Secretary: Records of Paul T. Carroll, Andrew J. Goodpaster, L. Arthur Minnich, and Christopher H. Russell, 1952 - 1961. Alphabetical Subject Files, 1953 - 1961. U-2 Incident [Vol. III] [July-August 1960] (3). Highlights of Powers Trial, 8/19/1960. Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
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referencedIn American Broadcasting Company Collection, 1943 - 7/5/1986. Audio Recordings of ABC Radio News Programs Including News Commentaries, Special Events, Public Affairs, Actuality News, and Some Sports and Entertainment, 1943 - 1971. FRANCIS GARY POWERS. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. An interior, right side profile medium shot as Sue Powers and Gary Powers Jr. accept the Director of Central Intelligence Award for their husband and father's service. The award was presented during a dinner held in Honor of Francis Gary Powers Sr. at Beale AFB, California, on May 29, 2000. Gary Powers Jr. is the son and Sue Powers is the wife of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers Sr. who was shot down while on reconnaissance mission over the former Soviet Union on May 5, 1960. Joan Dempsey, director of Central Intelligence for Community management, presented the award, 4/29/2000. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn White House Office, Office of the Staff Secretary: Records of Paul T. Carroll, Andrew J. Goodpaster, L. Arthur Minnich, and Christopher H. Russell, 1952 - 1961. Alphabetical Subject Files, 1953 - 1961. U-2 Incident [Vol. III] [July-August 1960] (3). Telegram from American Embassy in Moscow to Secretary of State on Francis Gary Powers Trial, 8/18/1960. Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Official Military Personnel Files, 1947 - 1998. Official Military Personnel File for Francis G. Powers. National Archives at St. Louis
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. An interior, right side profile medium shot as Joan Dempsey (Left), director of Central Intelligence for Community management, presents Sue Powers and Gary Powers Jr. the Director of Central Intelligence Award for their husband and father's service. The award was presented during a dinner held in Honor of Francis Gary Powers Sr. at Beale AFB, California, on May 29, 2000. Gary Powers Jr. is the son and Sue Powers is the wife of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers Sr. who was shot down while on reconnaissance mission over the former Soviet Union on May 5, 1960, 4/29/2000. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. An interior, straight on medium shot as Tom Bowen (Left), Technical Director of the 9th Physiological Support Squadron for Beale AFB, CA, presents Gary Powers Jr. a pressure suit and helmet during a dinner held in Honor of Francis Gary Powers Sr. at Beale AFB, California, on May 29, 2000. Powers Jr. is the son of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers Sr. who was shot down while on a reconnaissance mission over the former Soviet Union on May 5, 1960. The suit dates back to the time when Francis Gary Powers Sr. flew the U-2, 4/29/2000. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Gerald D. Morgan Records, 1953 - 1961. Photographs Relating to the U-2 Incident, 1960 - 1960. Photograph of Francis Gary Powers Museum Display, 1960. Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Place Name Admin Code Country
Kentucky KY US
Los Angeles CA US
Subject
U-2 Incident, 1960
Airplane pilots
Soviet Union--Cold War
Aircraft accidents--20th century
Military officers
Helicopter pilots
Occupation
Airplane Pilot
Helicopter pilots--United States
Military Officer
Aircraft pilots
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Birth 1929-08-17

Death 1977-08-01

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Americans

English

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