EAA Chapter 25 Banquet Features Gary Powers, Jr.

Presentation Revisits Cold War History, U-2 Incident

 

November 1, 2021

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Jerry Schiroo, a former scheduled Part 135 owner and retired NetJet pilot, EAA Chapter 25 Banquet Chairman Patrick Halligan, Gary Powers, Jr., the son of famed Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers, and retired Northwest Airlines Capt. Jerry Farrell pose for a photo after the Oct. 3 EAA Chapter 25 banquet.

EAA Chapter 25 sponsored a fantastic banquet on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Crystal Lake Golf Club and Banquet Facility in Lakeville, Minnesota.

The guest speaker was Gary Powers, Jr., the son of famed Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down over Russia on May 1, 1960, while flying a U-2 CIA spy plane. The downing of the U-2 in 1960 was one of the most talked-about events of the Cold War.

The event was depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie "Bridge of Spies."

Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and imprisoned, all of which created an international...



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