1960: U-2 Recon Plane Shot Down
In 2012, more than 50 years after the shoot-down, Powers was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for exhibiting 'exceptional loyalty' during long & intense interrogations while being held by the KGB and the Soviet Union for nearly 2 years.
His story is told in the Cold War section of the National Cryptologic Museum. A collage of photos from the exhibit is pictured here. The exhibit includes a fragment from the U-2.
In April 2018, the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) was honored to welcome Francis Gary Powers Jr. at the end of April 2018 when he escorted a group from Senior Outdoor Adventures in Recreation for a tour of the museum. Gary Jr. is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum in Midlothian, Virginia. (See a photo of Gary Jr. at the Museum via the link below.)
The Cold War Museum will host a table at the Armed Forces & Police Celebration at the NCM on May 19, 2018. See our Event Calendar for more details about this event.