Francis Gary Powers

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Birthday
17, 1929
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Aug 1, 1977 (47)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
17, 1929
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Aug 1, 1977 (47)

About

United States Air Force pilot and U-2 spy mission pilot for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He is best remembered for his involvement in the Cold War U-2 incident of 1960, in which his plane was shot down by Soviet Union soldiers.

Before Fame

After attending Tennessee's Milligan College, he became a lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Trivia

During the 1960s and early 1970s, he worked as a test pilot for Lockheed.

Family Life

He was born in Kentucky and raised in Virginia. He died in a 1977 helicopter accident, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Associated With

He was portrayed by actor Lee Majors in the TV movie Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident.