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Powers, Francis Gary

Born: 1929 AD
Died: 1977 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Aviators

1929 – Born in Jenkins, Kentucky on the 17th of August.

1950 – After graduating from Milligan College in Eastern Tennessee, Gary was commissioned in the United States Air Force.

         – He was assigned to the 468th Strategic Fighter Squadron at Turner Air Force Base, Georgia as an F-84 Thunderjet pilot.

1956 – He left the Air Force with the rank of captain, to join the CIA U-2 program.

1960 – On the 1st of May, over Sverdlovsk; he was convicted of espionage against the Soviet Union and sentenced to three years imprisonment and seven years of hard labor.

1962 – On the 10th of February, he was exchanged along with American student Frederic Pryor in a spy swap for Soviet KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher at the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin, Germany.

1963 – Powers worked for Lockheed as a test pilot.

1970 – He co-wrote a book about the Incident, called Operation Overflight: A Memoir of the U-2 Incident.

1977 – He died in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on the 1st of  August, while working as a helicopter reporter for television station KNBC.