Pilot — Spy — Hero / Francis Gary Powers Historical

Pilot — Spy — Hero / Francis Gary Powers Historical (HM1TWT)

Location: Whitesburg, KY 41858 Letcher County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 7.095', W 82° 49.614'

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Pilot — Spy — Hero

Francis Gary Powers and the "U-2 Incident" catapulted activities of the United States into world view. This Burdine native, with other pilots directed by CIA, flew U-2's (high altitude jet gliders) over Russia, photographing missile and industrial sites and nuclear tests. On May 1, 1960, when his plane was disabled 1300 mi. Over Russia, Powers parachuted to safety.

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Francis Gary Powers
1929 - 1977

Taken prisoner, Powers stated his compass had malfunctioned on a weather flight. Finding film intact in plane's wreckage, the Russians told him he would stand trial for espionage. Sentenced to ten years imprisonment, Powers was released in 1962 in exchange for a Soviet spy. Later decorated by CIA. Died in civilian helicopter crash.
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Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Year Placed1983
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 337694 N 4109552
Decimal Degrees37.11825000, -82.82690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 7.095', W 82° 49.614'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 7' 5.7" N, 82° 49' 36.84" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)606
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 156 Main St, Whitesburg KY 41858, US
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