Francis Gary Powers

KC-97 Navigator tells the story of when his tanker refueled the then top-secret U-2 planes flying spy missions over Soviet Union

KC-97 Navigator tells the story of when his tanker refueled the then top-secret U-2 planes flying spy missions over Soviet Union

I was talking our first "hookup" down to us-- asked his altitude "classified", airspeed "classified" and finally "rate of descent"-… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the Soviet Su-9 pilots who were ordered to ram Powers’ U-2 (One of them claimed to have downed the U-2 with the wake of his jet by crossing in front of it!)

Su-9 pilot Anatoliy Nikolayevich Sakovich was ordered to scramble and intercept, even though his aircraft was carrying no missiles; yet,… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Soviet MiG-19 pilot shot down and killed by Soviet SAMs while he was trying to intercept the already destroyed Francis Gary Powers’ U-2

Because there was no report citing the destruction of Powers’ U-2 the logical conclusion for most of the involved Soviets… Read More

4 years ago

Kamikaze Soviet-Style: the unknown Story of the Su-9 Pilot who was ordered to ram Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 Spy Plane

Because his Sukhoi Su-9 was in ferry configuration, it carried no armament. Seemingly, captain Igor Mientiukov's task was impossible to… Read More

4 years ago

Mayday! A detailed description of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 shoot-down

Losing a U-2 over the Soviet Union was the nightmare scenario, and Francis Gary Powers was not dreaming. It was… Read More

5 years ago

Francis Gary Powers Jr. reveals exclusive details on the shoot-down of his father’s U-2

“Especially in light of the U-2 that was shot down over Cuba in 1962, I understood my father's frustration. All… Read More

5 years ago